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The political mind : a cognitive scientist's guide to your brain and its politics
Lakoff, George.
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Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
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292 p. ; 22 cm.
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Originally published in hardcover under title: Political mind : why you can't understand 21st-century politics with an 18th-century brain, by Viking in 2008.

"With a new preface"--Cover.
Introduction : brain change and social change -- How the brain shapes the political mind -- Anna Nicole on the brain -- The political unconscious -- The brain's role in family values -- The brain's role in political ideologies -- Political challenges for the twenty-first-century mind -- A new consciousness -- Traumatic ideas : the War on Terror -- Framing reality : privateering -- Fear of framing -- Confronting stereotypes : sons of the welfare queen -- Aim above the bad apples -- Cognitive policy -- Contested concepts everywhere -- The technical is the political -- Exploring the political brain -- The problem of self-interest -- The metaphors defining rational action -- Why hawks win -- The brain's language -- Language in the new enlightenment -- Afterword : what if it works? -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.


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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Brain Change and Social Changep. 1
Part I How the Brain Shapes the Political Mindp. 17
Chapter 1 Anna Nicole on the Brainp. 21
Chapter 2 The Political Unconsciousp. 43
Chapter 3 The Brain's Role in Family Valuesp. 75
Chapter 4 The Brain's Role in Political Ideologiesp. 93
Part II Political Challenges for the Twenty-first-Century Mindp. 111
Chapter 5 A New Consciousnessp. 117
Chapter 6 Traumatic Ideas: The War on Terrorp. 125
Chapter 7 Framing Reality: Privateeringp. 133
Chapter 8 Fear of Framingp. 145
Chapter 9 Confronting Stereotypes: Sons of the Welfare Queenp. 159
Chapter 10 Aim Above the Bad Applesp. 163
Chapter 11 Cognitive Policyp. 169
Chapter 12 Contested Concepts Everywherep. 177
Part III The Technical Is the Politicalp. 191
Chapter 13 Exploring the Political Brainp. 195
Chapter 14 The Problem of Self-interestp. 201
Chapter 15 The Metaphors Defining Rational Actionp. 209
Chapter 16 Why Hawks Winp. 223
Chapter 17 The Brain's Languagep. 231
Chapter 18 Language in the New Enlightenmentp. 243
Afterword: What If It Works?p. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Notesp. 275
Indexp. 283