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									Steven PinkerSteven Pinker
Besides challenging conventional wisdom about how we think, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker has a talent for conveying his findings about the brain, language and perception with a clarity and cleverness that has brought him a following outside his field.

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Steven Pinker
Current Home:
Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
September 18, 1954
Place of Birth:
Montreal, Canada
B.A., McGill University, 1976; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1979
Humanist Laureate, International Academy of Humanism, 2001; William James Book Prize for How the Mind Works, 1999, and for The Language Instinct, 1995

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								The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Author: 
								Steven Pinker.

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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
by Steven Pinker
In his latest, bestselling Harvard psychology professor Pinker investigates what the words we use tell us about the way we think. Language, he concludes, reflects our brain structure, which itself is innate. Similarly, the way we talk about things is rooted in, but not identical to, physical reality: human beings take "the analogue flow of sensation the world presents to them" and "package their experience into objects and events."
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								The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, Author: 
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*  Language Learnability and Language Development (1984)
*  Learnability and Cognition: The Acquisition of Argument Structure (1989)
*  The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (1994)
*  How the Mind Works (1997)
*  Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language (1999)
*  The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (2002)
*  The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature (2007)

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How the Mind Works
by Steven Pinker
Pinker explains the basics of brain evolution and why certain things are, from human aesthetics to male aggression. He does this in a clear, informal and witty style. Wrote Mark Ridley in the New York Times Book Review: "No other science writer makes me laugh so much."

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Pinker's Influences

Barnes & asked Pinker about particular writers who had an impact on him when he was growing up in Montreal. On the scientific side, he cites Noam Chomsky and B. F. Skinner, "via colleagues of theirs who also taught at [my college]." On the literary side, he appreciates "vigorous, clear, witty nonfiction writers [such as E. B. White and George Orwell]," all adjectives that could be applied to Pinker himself.

*  B. F. Skinner
*  Noam Chomsky
*  E. B. White

*  George Orwell
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