The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics


By (author) George Lakoff

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143115685
  • ISBN 13: 9780143115687
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 56,571

Product description

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.

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" Unyielding, provocative, ambitious . . . filled with fascinating scientific research, is apt to find a receptive audience among citizens who hunger for a new progressive renaissance." -"San Francisco Chronicle"

Table of contents

The Political Mind Preface Introduction: Brain Change and Social Change Part I: How the Brain Shapes the Political Mind Chapter 1: Anna Nicole on the Brain Chapter 2: The Political Unconscious Chapter 3: The Brain's Role in Family Values Chapter 4: The Brain's Role in Political Ideologies Part II: Political Challenges for the Twenty-first-Century Mind Chapter 5: A New Consciousness Chapter 6: Traumatic Ideas: The War on Terror Chapter 7: Framing Reality: Privateering Chapter 8: Fear of Framing Chapter 9: Confronting Stereotypes: Sons of the Welfare Queen Chapter 10: Aim Above the Bad Apples Chapter 11: Cognitive Policy Chapter 12: Contested Concepts Everywhere Part III: The Technical Is the Political Chapter 13: Exploring the Political Brain Chapter 14: The Problem of Self-interest Chapter 15: The Metaphors Defining Rational Action Chapter 16: Why Hawks Win Chapter 17: The Brain's Language Chapter 18: Language in the New Enlightenment Afterword: What If It Works? Acknowledgments Notes Index