The Political Mind by George Lakoff
Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain

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A groundbreaking scientific examination of the way our brains understand politics from a New York Times bestselling author

One of the world 's best-known linguists and cognitive scientists, George Lakoff has a knack for making science make sense for general readers. In his new book, Lakoff spells out what cognitive science has discovered about reason, and reveals that human reason is far more interesting than we thought it was. Reason is physical, mostly unconscious, metaphorical, emotion-laden, and tied to empathy-and there are biological explanations behind our moral and political thought processes. His call for a New Enlightenment is a bold and striking challenge to the cherished beliefs not only of philosophers, but of pundits, pollsters, and political leaders. The Political Mind is a passionate, erudite, and groundbreaking book that will appeal to anyone interested in how the mind works and how we function socially and politically.
 

About George Lakoff

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George Lakoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Don't Think of an Elephant!", among other works, and is America's leading expert on the framing of political ideas.
 
Published May 29, 2008 by Penguin Books. 316 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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“If the country broke up into three distinct states or autonomous governments,” Lakoff adds, “that too might be ‘victory’ as long as oil profits were guaranteed and Americans in the oil industry protected.” The frame is everything: By one frame Anna Nicole Smith is a gold-digger, by another a rag...

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They’ve been “preparing the seedbed of our brains with their high-level general principles so that when ‘tax relief’ was planted, their framing could take root and sprout.” And “as a result, progressive messages don’t take root.” Worse, conservatives planted their war-on-terror metaphor in our ...

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According to his research, conservatives comprehend that most brain functioning is grounded not in logical reasoning but in emotionalism—as a result, huge portions of the citizenry accept the Republican framing of the “war in Iraq” and “supporting the troops” rather...

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Daily Kos

Why do Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and others stoke the fires of racism - challenging President Obama's place of birth, and none is alleging he was born in Canada or Norway - as a recurring theme in their opposition to health care reform?

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Austin Chronicle

"We know that we do not know our own brains," writes cognitive scientist and linguistics professor George Lakoff in his latest book, The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics With an 18th-Century Brain.

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New Scientist

His hope is that, come November, they might defeat the conservatives who, if Lakoff is to be believed, already stealthfully deploy the latest wisdom from cognitive science.

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