The Political Mind
A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics
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.
Introduction: Brain Change and Social Change
Part I: How the Brain Shapes the Political Mind
Chapter 1: Anna Nicole on the Brain
Part II: Political Challenges for the Twenty-first-Century Mind
Chapter 5: A New Consciousness
Part III: The Technical Is the Political
Chapter 13: Exploring the Political Brain
Afterword: What If It Works?
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