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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature

with psychologist Steven Pinker

September 10, 2008
1 hours 02 minutes
Steven Pinker


Filmed at Warwick's in La Jolla, California.

In The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Pinker explores how the mind works by examining the way we use words. By looking closely at everyday speech, he paints a vivid picture of the thoughts and emotions that populate our mental lives.

Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and Slate, and is the author of seven books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, and The Blank Slate.

Books by Steven Pinker:

The Stuff of Thought, 2008 The Language Instinct, 2007 The Blank Slate, 2003