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Steven Pinker is an authority on language and the mind. He is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Steven Arthur Pinker was born on September 18, 1954 in Canada. mostrar mais He is an experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and author. He is a psychology professor at Harvard University. He is the author of several non-fiction books including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, and The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. His research in cognitive psychology has won the Early Career Award in 1984 and Boyd McCandless Award in 1986 from the American Psychological Association, the Troland Research Award in 1993 from the National Academy of Sciences, the Henry Dale Prize in 2004 from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the George Miller Prize in 2010 from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and in 2003. In 2006, he received the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Steven Pinker

How the Mind Works (1997) 4,740 exemplares
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 (2004) — Editor — 289 exemplares
Hotheads (2005) 72 exemplares
Connections and Symbols (Cognition Special Issue) (1988) — Editor — 42 exemplares
Visual Cognition (Bradford Books) (1986) 18 exemplares
Как работи умът (2011) 2 exemplares
Dil Icgüdüsü (2018) 1 exemplar
100 Philosophy 1 exemplar
暴力の人類史 下 (2015) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contribuidor — 802 exemplares
The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872) — Introdução, algumas edições744 exemplares
Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Contribuidor — 652 exemplares
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do (1998) — Prefácio, algumas edições550 exemplares
Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books (2011) — Contribuidor — 378 exemplares
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
The New Humanists: Science at the Edge (2003) — Contribuidor — 230 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 226 exemplares
The Best American Science Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Gender (2006) — Contribuidor, algumas edições55 exemplares
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Are we living in the most peaceful era of world history? em History: On learning from and writing history (Setembro 2013)


I read "Sense of Style" some time ago, but somehow did not add it to my LibraryThing list. In fact, I still have some pages copied from its glossary, ones I've looked at more than once. So when I saw the book on a library shelf, it seemed worth checking out again.

Pinker writes well and studies human thinking and language, so it's worth knowing what he believes good writing, mostly non-fiction writing, should look like. I'm not disappointed. He discusses the goal of describing a topic for a reader who is as smart as the author, but who doesn't know as much about the topic as the author does. "Clear" and "simple" are terms that come up often.

The index, twenty pages or more, is actually useful, as an index should be, but often isn't in a book like this. One that will be a reference work as well as a guide for writers and readers. The many examples of good and bad writing are usually clear and to the point and well explained.

This is a book I maybe should own.
This is also a book I wish more writers owned and used.
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mykl-s | 33 outras críticas | Feb 19, 2024 |
It's not often that I read a book and can honestly say it changed my outlook on life, but The Blank Slate is definitely one of them (trite, I know). In the book, Steven Pinker analyzes the current concepts of human nature, of culture and heritability, and reveals why in both popular and intellectual circles the prevailing viewpoints are flawed, and indeed detrimental to both research and society.

Brief summary:

The first section of the book introduces Pinker's three fallacies, which contribute to our misunderstanding of human nature. These are the Blank Slate, the tabula rasa, which considers each human being to be a moldable clay at birth, intrinsically shaped by their environment and culture.
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Zedseayou | 54 outras críticas | Jan 30, 2024 |
Un libro de la razón, pensar, reflexionar para llegar a una conclusión o formar juicios de una determinada situación o cosa. Por momentos creo que la defensa cae en la intolerancia de las otras creencias (en la ofensa a los otros pensamientos), siendo alguno de los mismo errores que cometen las otra creencias, creo que parte del humanismo es la tolerancia. Encontrar la forma de poder vivir en paz “todas” las creencia, es el problema a resolver (sin extremismos y humanismo).
keplerhc | 54 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
Dense but entertaining and (of course) THOUGHT-provoking look at how language shapes our though and thought shapes our language. If you ever thought words are unimportant...
mlevel | 37 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |



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