Steven Pinker

1 Enlightenment Now

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Nonfiction  Social Science  Science & Nature 
Price :  $18.99
Release Date :  2018-02-13
Description :  <b><b>INSTANT </b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i></b><b> BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates </b><br /><br />If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.</b><br /><br />Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.<br /><br />Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. <br /><br />With intellectual depth and literary flair, <i>Enlightenment Now</i> makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

2 The Better Angels of Our Nature

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Science & Nature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2011-10-04
Description :  <b>“If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book I've ever read."<br />—<b>Bill Gates (May, 2017)</b><br /><br />Selected by <i>The New York Times Book Review</i> as a Notable Book of the Year</b><br /><br /><b>The author of <i>Enlightenment Now</i>&#xa0;and <i>The New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Stuff of Thought</i> offers a controversial history of violence.</b><br /><br />Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millenia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, programs, gruesom punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?<br /><br />This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the esesnce of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives--the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away--and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society. <b>&#xa0;</b>

3 How the Mind Works

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Life Sciences  Books  Science & Nature  Professional & Technical  Medical  Health, Mind & Body  Psychology 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2009-06-22
Description :  "A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear." —New York Review of Books<br /><br />In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness? How the Mind Works synthesizes the most satisfying explanations of our mental life from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and other fields to explain what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and contemplate the mysteries of life.<br /><br />This edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.

4 The Language Instinct

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Science & Nature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2010-12-14
Description :  The classic book on the development of human language by the world’s leading expert on language and the mind.<br /><br />In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution.&#xa0;The Language Instinct&#xa0;received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since&#xa0;The Language Instinct&#xa0;was first published.

5 The Blank Slate

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Science & Nature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2002-09-30
Description :  <b>A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature from the author of <i>The Better Angels of Our Nature</i> and <i>Enlightenment Now.</i><br /><br />"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read..also highly persuasive." --<i>Time </i><br /></b><br /><b>Now updated with a new afterword<br /></b><br />One of the world's leading experts on language and the mind&#xa0; explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

6 The Stuff of Thought

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Science & Nature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-09-11
Description :  <b>This <i>New York Times</i> bestseller is an exciting and fearless investigation of language from the author of <i>Better Angels of Our Nature </i>and <i>The Sense of Style </i>and <i>Enlightenment Now.<br /><br /></i>"Curious, inventive, fearless, naughty."<i><br />--The&#xa0;<i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br /></i></b> Bestselling author Steven Pinker possesses that rare combination of scientific aptitude and verbal eloquence that enables him to provide lucid explanations of deep and powerful ideas. His previous books - including the Pulitzer Prize finalist <i>The Blank Slate -&#xa0;</i>have catapulted him into the limelight as one of today's most important popular science writers. In <i>The Stuff of Thought</i>, Pinker presents a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. Considering scientific questions with examples from everyday life, <i>The Stuff of Thought</i> is a brilliantly crafted and highly readable work that will appeal to fans of everything from <i>The Selfish Gene</i> and <i>Blink</i> to <i>Eats, Shoots &amp; Leaves</i>.

7 Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead?

Author : Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain &#100&#101 Botton & Malcolm Gladwell
Genre :  Philosophy  Books  Nonfiction  Science & Nature  History 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-06-07
Description :  Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality.<br /><br />In the seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates, which was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and bestselling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind’s best days lie ahead.

8 The Sense of Style

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Reference  Writing 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2014-09-30
Description :  <b><b>&#xa0;</b>“Charming and erudite," <b><b><b><b>from the author of <i>Enlightenment Now</i>,</b></b></b></b> "The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem.” —Time.com</b><br />&#xa0;<br />Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing—and why should we care? From the author of <i>The Better Angels of Our Nature </i>and <i>Enlightenment Now.</i><br /><br />In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and<i> New York Times</i>–bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. <i>The Sense of Style </i>is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.

9 Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Reference  Words & Language 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-09-27
Description :  Language, Cognition, and Human Nature collects together for the first time much of Steven Pinker's most influential scholarly work on language and cognition. Pinker's seminal research explores the workings of language and its connections to cognition, perception, social relationships, child development, human evolution, and theories of human nature. This eclectic collection spans Pinker's thirty-year career, exploring his favorite themes in greater depth and scientific detail. It includes thirteen of Pinker's classic articles, ranging over topics such as language development in children, mental imagery, the recognition of shapes, the computational architecture of the mind, the meaning and uses of verbs, the evolution of language and cognition, the nature-nurture debate, and the logic of innuendo and euphemism. Each outlines a major theory or takes up an argument with another prominent scholar, such as Stephen Jay Gould, Noam Chomsky, or Richard Dawkins. Featuring a new introduction by Pinker that discusses his books and scholarly work, this collection reflects essential contributions to cognitive science by one of our leading thinkers and public intellectuals.

10 Words and Rules

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-07-14
Description :  <b>"If you are not already a Steven Pinker addict, this book will make you one." --Jared Diamond</b><br />In <i>Words and Rules</i>, Steven Pinker explores profound mysteries of language by picking a deceptively simple phenomenon--regular and irregular verbs--and examining it from every angle. With humor and verve, he covers an astonishing array of topics in the sciences and humanities, from the history of languages to how to simulate languages on computers to major ideas in the history of Western philosophy. <br />Through it all, Pinker presents a single, powerful idea: that language comprises a mental dictionary of memorized words and a mental grammar of creative rules. The idea extends beyond language and offers insight into the very nature of the human mind.<br />This is a sparkling, eye-opening, and utterly original book by one of the world's leading cognitive scientists.

11 Learnability and Cognition

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Reference  Words & Language  Professional & Technical  Education  Language Arts & Disciplines 
Price :  $40.99
Release Date :  2013-05-24
Description :  <b>A classic book about language acquisition and conceptual structure, with a new preface by the author, "The Secret Life of Verbs."</b><br /><br />Before Steven Pinker wrote bestsellers on language and human nature, he wrote several technical monographs on language acquisition that have become classics in cognitive science. <i>Learnability and Cognition</i>, first published in 1989, brought together two big topics: how do children learn their mother tongue, and how does the mind represent basic categories of meaning such as space, time, causality, agency, and goals? The stage for this synthesis was set by the fact that when children learn a language, they come to make surprisingly subtle distinctions: <i>pour water into the glass</i> and <i>fill the glass with water</i> sound natural, but <i>pour the glass with water</i> and <i>fill water into the glass</i> sound odd. How can this happen, given that children are not reliably corrected for uttering odd sentences, and they don't just parrot back the correct ones they hear from their parents? Pinker resolves this paradox with a theory of how children acquire the meaning and uses of verbs, and explores that theory's implications for language, thought, and the relationship between them.<br /><br />As Pinker writes in a new preface, "The Secret Life of Verbs," the phenomena and ideas he explored in this book inspired his 2007 bestseller <i>The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature</i>. These technical discussions, he notes, provide insight not just into language acquisition but into literary metaphor, scientific understanding, political discourse, and even the conceptions of sexuality that go into obscenity.

12 Il declino della violenza

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Science & Nature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-03-12
Description :  Il XX secolo, con lo spaventoso numero di vittime provocate da due guerre mondiali e vari genocidi, è stato definito "il secolo più violento della storia", e l'alba del nuovo millennio sembra prefigurare scenari non meno inquietanti, diffondendo ovunque una crescente sensazione di insicurezza e paura. Eppure, anche se può sembrare incredibile, in passato la vita sul nostro pianeta è stata di gran lunga più violenta e spietata, e quella che stiamo vivendo è probabilmente "l'era più pacifica della storia della nostra specie". A sostenere questa tesi in apparenza paradossale e destinata a far discutere è Steven Pinker, il quale dimostra, statistiche alla mano, che il calo della violenza può essere addirittura quantificato. E le cifre che fornisce sono impressionanti.<br /> Le guerre tribali hanno causato, in rapporto alla popolazione mondiale del tempo, quasi il decuplo dei morti delle guerre e dei genocidi del Novecento. Il tasso di omicidi nell'Europa medievale era oltre trenta volte quello attuale. Schiavitù, torture, pene atroci ed esecuzioni capitali per futili motivi sono state per millenni ordinaria amministrazione, salvo poi essere bandite, nel volgere di un paio di secoli, dagli ordinamenti giuridici e dalla coscienza collettiva di tutte le nazioni democratiche. Oggi, invece, i conflitti fra paesi sviluppati sono scomparsi, e anche il tributo di sangue di quelli nel Terzo mondo è infinitamente minore rispetto a soli pochi decenni fa. Inoltre, delitti, crimini d'odio, linciaggi, pogrom, stupri, abusi sui minori, crudeltà verso gli animali sono tutti significativamente diminuiti dopo l'emanazione delle prime carte dei diritti dell'età moderna.<br /> Ma che cosa ha determinato questo declino della violenza, se nel frattempo la mente e il cuore dell'uomo sono rimasti più o meno gli stessi? Secondo Pinker, tale processo di portata epocale è dovuto al trionfo dei "migliori angeli" della nostra natura (empatia, autocontrollo, moralità e ragione) sui nostri "demoni interiori" (predazione, dominanza, vendetta, sadismo e ideologia), un trionfo reso possibile dalle istanze civilizzatrici su cui l'Occidente ha fondato la propria identità: monopolio statale dell'impiego legittimo della forza, alfabetizzazione, cosmopolitismo, libertà di commercio, "femminizzazione" della società, e un uso sempre più ampio della razionalità nell'agire economico e nel dibattito pubblico.<br /> Così, prendere atto della graduale riduzione di tutte le forme di violenza nel corso della storia non solo rende ai nostri occhi il passato meno innocente e il presente meno sinistro, ma ci costringe a ripensare radicalmente le nostre più profonde convinzioni sul progresso, la modernità e la natura umana.

13 Tabula rasa

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Philosophy  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2010-10-07
Description :  Negli ultimi anni diverse scienze d'avanguardia hanno scoperto le basi genetiche di alcune caratteristiche individuali, confermando così l'idea di una "natura umana" già parzialmente definita prima che cultura e società inizino a esercitare il loro influsso. Tuttavia numerosi filosofi e scienziati rifiutano questi risultati nel timore che la scoperta di facoltà e tendenze innate possa legittimare discriminazioni o ridurre il peso della responsabilità individuale. Attraverso un confronto critico con alcune teorie ancor oggi radicate - come quella della "Tabula rasa" -, Steven Pinker spiega come sia proprio la comune e peculiare "qualità" della specie umana, fondata sull'attività fisiologica del cervello, a rendere possibile la libertà di scelta. In queste pagine affronta quindi temi "scomodi" come le differenze psicobiologiche fra uomini e donne o le componenti genetiche della violenza, delll'intelligenza e dei sentimenti. Con grande chiarezza e lucidità analitica, e il conforto di solidi dati storico-scientifici, l'autore dimostra che un riconoscimento obiettivo dell'identità dell'uomo come frutto di un'evoluzione biologica non è un'ipotesi socialmente pericolosa, ma può anzi essere l'indispensabile completamento delle grandi intuizioni che hanno avuto in passato l'arte e la filosofia.

14 Fatti di parole

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-10-07
Description :  Nel nostro modo di usare le parole, da quelle più nobili a quelle più triviali, è racchiusa una teoria dello spazio e del tempo, della materia e della causalità. Nel linguaggio, sia colto sia quotidiano, sono radicati un modello (anzi, due) di sessualità, i concetti di divinità, potere e giustizia, le nozioni di intimità, benessere e pericolo, una filosofia del libero arbitrio. E poiché, al di là di minime variazioni, la logica d'insieme è la stessa per ogni lingua, un esame approfondito dei mezzi e delle modalità di comunicazione verbale - dai discorsi volti a informare o a convincere, a minacciare o a sedurre, alle imprecazioni, ai nomi che scegliamo per i figli - può rivelarsi prezioso per capire chi siamo e le vere ragioni dei nostri comportamenti. È l'obiettivo che si pone Steven Pinker in Fatti di parole , in cui confluiscono i due fecondi itinerari di ricerca da lui percorsi negli ultimi anni: lo studio della facoltà di linguaggio e l'indagine sui processi cognitivi e sulla natura umana. In questa prospettiva l'autore si propone di analizzare il significato di parole e frasi in contesti sociali, ovvero nelle varie occasioni in cui cerchiamo di esprimere verbalmente i nostri pensieri e sentimenti. La conclusione a cui giunge è che ogni essere umano si forma un'immagine del mondo fisico e del mondo sociale che non corrisponde al flusso di sensazioni provocato dall'incontro della mente con l'ambiente esterno, ma è costruita a partire da un repertorio limitato e identificabile di pensieri primari, o meglio di «concetti naturali» (per esempio, spazio, forza, dominanza, parentela e contaminazione), che, grazie alla loro plasticità e valenza metaforica, sono in grado di ricomporre i dati d'esperienza in una molteplicità di oggetti ed eventi traducibili in vocaboli e proposizioni. La prevalenza di alcuni di questi «manufatti mentali» (nomi, parole, stringhe linguistiche) in quella rete di influenze reciproche che è la comunità dei parlanti, dove ogni individuo è insieme produttore e consumatore di significati, definisce ciò che chiamiamo «cultura» di una società, di cui la lingua è parte integrante. Trattando con grande chiarezza e rigore scientifico idee complesse e originali, come di consueto Pinker non rinuncia al suo stile ricco di elegante ironia, facendo spesso ricorso a giochi di parole e a esempi tratti dall'attualità, dalla letteratura di consumo e da film, fumetti e videogiochi, quasi che solo un approccio di divertita leggerezza possa strappare al linguaggio i segreti dell'ancora misterioso funzionamento della mente e, quindi, della natura umana.

15 Virtuous Violence

Author : Alan Page Fiske, Tage Shakti Rai & Steven Pinker
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body 
Price :  $20.99
Release Date :  2014-11-27
Description :  What motivates violence? How can good and compassionate people hurt and kill others or themselves? Why are people much more likely to kill or assault people they know well, rather than strangers? This provocative and radical book shows that people mostly commit violence because they genuinely feel that it is the morally right thing to do. In perpetrators' minds, violence may be the morally necessary and proper way to regulate social relationships according to cultural precepts, precedents, and prototypes. These moral motivations apply equally to the violence of the heroes of the Iliad, to parents smacking their child, and to many modern murders and everyday acts of violence. Virtuous Violence presents a wide-ranging exploration of violence across different cultures and historical eras, demonstrating how people feel obligated to violently create, sustain, end, and honor social relationships in order to make them right, according to morally motivated cultural ideals.

16 Tabula rasa. Spory o naturę ludzką

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $26.99
Release Date :  2012-01-02
Description :  Steven Pinker omawia moralne, emocjonalne i polityczne zabarwienie pojęcia natury ludzkiej we współczesnym świecie. Próbuje odtworzyć bieg historii, który doprowadził do tego, że naturę ludzką zaczęto spostrzegać jako pojęcie niebezpieczne. Zaprzeczanie istnieniu natury ludzkiej porównuje do wiktoriańskiego zażenowania w sprawach seksu. Uważa je jednak za znacznie bardziej szkodliwe - zniekształca bowiem współczesną naukę i oświatę, wypacza dyskusje publiczne i wpływa na nasze życie codzienne. Teoria, zgodnie z którą własne dzieci można kształtować jak glinę, narzuciła rodzicom nienaturalne, a czasem nawet okrutne metody wychowawcze. Spotęgowała cierpienia rodziców, których dzieci nie spełniły pokładanych w nich nadziei. Przekonanie zaś, że ludzkość można przemodelować dzięki prowadzonym na wielką skalę projektom inżynierii społecznej, doprowadziło do okrutnych zbrodni w historii naszego gatunku. <br />Lęk związany z naturą ludzką można sprowadzić do czterech obaw:<br />Jeśli między ludźmi występują różnice, to uzasadniony jest ucisk i dyskryminacja.<br />Jeśli ludzie są z natury niemoralni, to trzeba porzucić nadzieję na poprawę ludzkiej kondycji.<br />Jeśli ludzie są wytworami biologii, to wolna wola okazuje się mitem, a ludzie nie ponoszą odpowiedzialności za swoje czyny.<br />Jeśli ludzie są wytworami biologii, to życie nie ma wyższego sensu ani celu.

17 Piękny styl

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Communications & Media  Books  Writing 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-10-13
Description :  Dlaczego pisarstwo tak często bywa kiepskie i jak można je poprawić? Czy krótkie wiadomości tekstowe i media społecznościowe psują język? Czy współczesnym młodym ludziom zależy na dobrym stylu pisarskim? Dlaczego komukolwiek miałoby na nim zależeć?<br /><br /> W swojej zajmującej i pouczającej książce <b>Steven Pinker</b>, wybitny kognitywista i lingwista oraz znakomity pisarz, przedstawia nowy pomysł na podręcznik dobrego pisania w XXI wieku. Zamiast narzekać na upadek języka, ubolewać nad tym, co go irytuje, albo powtarzać dogmatyczne nakazy i zakazy autorów poradników sprzed stulecia, <b>Pinker</b> wykorzystuje naukową wiedzę na temat języka i umysłu, aby pomóc czytelnikowi w trudnej sztuce tworzenia przejrzystej, spójnej i stylowej prozy.<br /><br /> <b><i>Nie wińmy Internetu</i></b> – <b>mówi autor</b> – <b><i>ani dzisiejszej młodzieży</i></b>. Sztuka pisania nigdy nie była łatwa. Dobre pisarstwo zaczyna się od smakowania znakomitej prozy innych autorów. Wymaga wyobraźni – umiejętności podtrzymywania iluzji, że kierujemy spojrzenie czytelnika na jakiś element świata. Pisarz musi przezwyciężyć klątwę wiedzy – trudność, jaką wszystkim nam sprawia wyobrażenie sobie, jak to jest, kiedy nie wie się tego, co my wiemy. Dobry pisarz musi rozumieć, w jaki sposób składania językowa przekształca skomplikowaną sieć idei w liniowy ciąg słów. Powinien splatać zdania w spójną całość, tak aby jedno zdanie płynnie przechodziło w następne. Wreszcie, musi umiejętnie stosować reguły poprawnego użycia, odróżniając te, które nadają prozie lekkość i przejrzystość, od mitów i przesądów.<br /><br /> Książka Pinkera obfituje w przykłady znakomitego i marnego pisarstwa, unikając pouczającego tonu i spartańskiej surowości klasycznych podręczników. Autor pokazuje, że sztuka pisania może być przyjemnym dążeniem do mistrzostwa i fascynującym tematem rozważań intelektualnych. Książka <i>Piękny styl </i>jest adresowana do wszystkich, którzy zajmują się pisaniem, a także do czytelników, którzy interesują się literaturą i chcieliby się dowiedzieć, w jaki sposób nauka o ludzkim umyśle może nam pomóc w zrozumieniu, jak działa język w swoim najlepszym wydaniu.<br /><br /> <i>“</i><i>Znakomity myśliciel, świetny pisarz. (…) Pinker to prawdziwa gwiazda, a świat nauki ma wielkie szczęście, że pojawił się w nim ktoś taki”. </i><br /><br /> <b>Richard Dawkins</b><br /><br /> <i>Ta książka w przejrzysty i pełen wdzięku sposób obala pogląd, że język angielski schodzi na psy. Pinker napisał podręcznik Strunka i White’a na nowe stulecie, podważając przy tym bezpodstawne twierdzenia, takie jak to, że znany slogan reklamowy „Winston tastes good like a cigarette should” powinien brzmieć: „Winston tastes good <b>as </b>a cigarette should”.</i><br /><br /> <b>John McWhorter, autor książek </b><b><i>Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue </i></b><b>i <i>The Power of Babel</i></b><br /><br /> „On pisze jak anioł”.&#xa0;<br /><br /> <b>„The Economist”</b><br /><br /> <i>Świetna lektura! Tylko Steven Pinker mógł napisać tę znakomitą książkę i, dzięki Bogu, zrobił to. „Dobre pisarstwo może zmienić nasz sposób spostrzegania świata” – pisze autor, a Piękny styl z pewnością zmieni nasz sposób myślenia o dobrym pisarstwie. Ciekawość i radość autora rozświetlają każdą stronę tej książki, a kiedy Pinker pisze, że dobry styl może uczynić świat lepszym, wierzymy mu.</i><br /><br /> <b>Patricia T. O’Connor, autorka książek <i>Woe Is I </i>oraz (ze Stewartem Kellermanem), <i>Origins of the Specious</i></b><br /><br /> <i>„Bardzo dobrze, że człowiek obdarzony tak żywym i jasnym umysłem przybliża szerokiej publiczności idee nauki o poznaniu”. </i><br /><br /> <b>Douglas Hofstadter, „Los Angeles Times”</b><br /><br /> <b>Steven Pinker</b>, nagradzany psycholog, kognitywista, intelektualista i popularyzator nauki, jest również przewodniczącym komisji poprawności językowej (<i>Usage Panel</i>) <i>American Heritage Dictionary</i> oraz uznanym autorem takich bestsellerów, jak <i>The Language Instinct</i>, <i>Words and Rules</i> i <i>The Stuff of Thought</i>. Jest profesorem na Wydziale Psychologii Uniwersytetu Harvarda. Mieszka w Bostonie i w Truro w stanie Massachusetts. Jeden z najwybitniejszych współczesnych myślicieli<br /><br /> Pinker został uznany przez&#xa0;<i>Time Magazine</i><i>'s</i>&#xa0;jednym ze 100 “Most influential people in the world in 2004” oraz przez magazyn <i>Prospect</i>&#xa0; a także Magazyn <i>Foreign Policy</i><i>'</i>s jednym ze 100 „top public intellectuals” (w latach 2005, 2008; 2010 i 2011) oraz uznany przez Magazyn <i>Foreign Policy</i> <b><i>za jednego z najważniejszych </i></b><b><i>światowych myślicieli.</i></b>

18 Guia de Escrita

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Science & Nature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-08-25
Description :  Por que há tantos textos ruins? O que se pode fazer para mudar essa realidade? É verdade que a língua está se deteriorando devido às mensagens eletrônicas e às redes sociais? Neste livro divertido e instrutivo, Steven Pinker – linguista, cientista cognitivo, escritor e autor de vários best-sellers – repensa o manual de uso da língua, trazendo-o para o século XXI. Em vez de lamentar a decadência do idioma, listar seus motivos de irritação preferidos ou reciclar regras que povoam os manuais de cem anos atrás, ele traz ideias da Linguística e das Ciências Cognitivas como auxílio no desafio de se construir uma prosa clara, coerente e elegante. Guia de escrita, em brilhante tradução e adaptação para o português do linguista Rodolfo Ilari, destina-se tanto àqueles que escrevem (e deveriam melhorar muito), como aos que ainda têm medo de escrever e têm curiosidade em saber como as ciências da mente podem esclarecer melhor o funcionamento da linguagem.

19 Come funziona la mente

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Science & Nature  Books 
Price :  $25.99
Release Date :  2013-08-08
Description :  Perché ci innamoriamo? Come si spiegano le nostre diverse reazioni di fronte all’arte, alla filosofia e alla religione? Perché i ricordi svaniscono? E dove nascono gli stereotipi etnici oppure la credenza nei fantasmi? Le innumerevoli domande sull’origine, la natura e il funzionamento della nostra mente finiscono spesso per perdersi nella vaghezza del mistero. Questo, invece, è un libro di risposte. Sfidando pregiudizi consolidati e demolendo teoremi un tempo indiscutibili, Steven Pinker ci guida alla scoperta dei più recenti progressi delle scienze cognitive e ricostruisce il programma straordinariamente complesso che rende possibili gli eventi della vita mentale che siamo abituati a dare per scontati: le meccaniche del pianto e del riso, dell’empatia e della percezione visiva. Facendo ricorso all’ingegneria inversa, che si interroga sugli scopi e l’organizzazione dei vari elementi che compongono una macchina, Pinker individua le funzioni alle quali la selezione naturale ha destinato la mente, un sistema di organi di calcolo che ha permesso ai nostri antenati cacciatori-raccoglitori di lottare, sopravvivere, prevalere. L’approccio di Pinker, uno dei più autorevoli studiosi di scienze cognitive, è rigoroso e multidisciplinare, spazia dalle neuroscienze alla biologia evolutiva compiendo efficaci e frequenti incursioni nelle discipline più disparate, come l’economia la psicologia sociale e la letteratura. Il risultato è una sintesi avvincente e monumentale – troppo ricca, esatta e pionieristica nei collegamenti e nelle conclusioni per essere ridotta a semplice divulgazione scientifica –, scritta con l’intelligenza, il ritmo e l’umorismo del grande narratore.

20 Gewalt

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $20.99
Release Date :  2011-10-24
Description :  Die Geschichte der Menschheit – eine ewige Abfolge von Krieg, Genozid, Mord, Folter und Vergewaltigung. Und es wird immer schlimmer. Aber ist das richtig? In einem wahren Opus Magnum, einer groß angelegten Gesamtgeschichte unserer Zivilisation, untersucht der weltbekannte Evolutionspsychologe Steven Pinker die Entwicklung der Gewalt von der Urzeit bis heute und in allen ihren individuellen und kollektiven Formen, vom Verprügeln der Ehefrau bis zum geplanten Völkermord. Unter Rückgriff auf eine Fülle von wissenschaftlichen Belegen aus den unterschiedlichsten Disziplinen beweist er zunächst, dass die Gewalt im Laufe der Geschichte stetig abgenommen hat und wir heute in der friedlichsten Epoche der Menschheit leben. Diese verblüffende Tatsache verlangt nach einer Erklärung: Pinker schält in seiner Analyse sechs Entwicklungen heraus, die diesen Trend begünstigt haben, untersucht die Psychologie der Gewalt auf fünf innere Dämonen, die Gewaltausübung begünstigen, benennt vier Eigenschaften des Menschen, die den inneren Dämonen entgegenarbeiten und isoliert schließlich fünf historische Kräfte, die uns heute in der friedlichsten Zeit seit jeher leben lassen. Pinkers Darstellung revolutioniert den Blick auf die Welt und uns Menschen. Und sie macht Hoffnung und Mut.&#34;Pinkers Studie ist eine leidenschaftliche Antithese zum verbreiteten Kulturpessimismus und dem Gefühl des moralischen Untergangs der Moderne.&#34; Der Spiegel&#34;Steven Pinker ist ein Top-Autor und verdient all die Superlative, mit denen man ihn überhäuft&#34;New York Times&#34;Die Argumente von Steven Pinker haben Gewicht […]. Die Chance, heute Opfer von Gewalt zu werden, ist viel geringer als zu jeder anderen Zeit. Das ist eine spannende Nachricht, die konträr zur öffentlichen Wahrnehmung ist.&#34;Deutschlandfunk&#34;Steven Pinker ist ein intellektueller Rockstar&#34;The Guardian&#34;Der Evolutionspsychologe Steven Pinker gilt als wichtigster Intellektueller&#34;Süddeutsche Zeitung&#34;Verflucht überzeugend&#34;Hamburger Abendblatt

21 Der Stoff, aus dem das Denken ist

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education 
Price :  $27.99
Release Date :  2014-02-20
Description :  Das faszinierende Porträt unseres Geistes - der Klassiker jetzt auf Deutsch!Wie kommt man direkt an das Denken heran? Über die Sprache. In ihr liegen unsere Vorstellungen von Raum und Zeit begründet, von Sex und Intimität, von Macht und Fairness. Bestsellerautor Steven Pinker sieht sich daher die alltägliche Sprachverwendung genau an – unsere Gespräche, Witze, Rechtsstreitigkeiten – und zeichnet ein lebendiges und überraschendes Porträt unseres Geistes und der menschlichen Natur. Mit viel Esprit, Sprachgefühl und Beispielen aus Alltag und Popkultur gelingt es ihm, schwierige Sachverhalte einfach und überzeugend zu erklären und uns zu einem neuen Blick auf uns selbst zu bewegen.&#34;Klar, geistreich, gut geschrieben.&#34;The New York Review of Books&#34;Ein wichtiges Buch.&#34; Science

22 Zmierzch przemocy. Lepsza strona naszej natury

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $17.99
Release Date :  2017-08-11
Description :  <b>Czy żyjemy dzisiaj w najbardziej pokojowej epoce w historii ludzkości?</b><br /><br /> Nieustanny zalew informacji o wojnie, przestępczości i terroryzmie sprawia, że świat wydaje się coraz bardziej krwawy. Autor bestsellerów psychologicznych Steven Pinker pokazuje jednak, że natężenie przemocy od wielu stuleci maleje. Jak to się stało? Pinker bada wewnętrzne demony, które skłaniają nas do przemocy, i anioły, które nas od niej odciągają. Następnie pokazuje, jak ideowe i praktyczne zmiany doprowadziły do zwycięstwa lepszej, anielskiej strony naszej natury. Przy okazji autor obala wiele mitów na temat przemocy i przedstawia nowe argumenty na obronę nowoczesności i oświecenia. W książce tej Pinker, za pomocą narzędzi psychologicznych i historycznych, stwarza niezwykły obraz stopniowego zwycięstwa ludzkości nad przemocą.<br /><br /> „Mistrzowska książka”. „Wall Street Journal”<br /><br /> „Zdumiewająco dobra książka”. Nicholas D. Kristof, „The New York Times”<br /><br /> „Subtelne dzieło z filozofii naturalnej dorównujące największym osiągnięciom myślicieli oświeceniowych… Pinker pisze jak anioł”. „The Econimost”<br /><br /> „Jedna z najważniejszych książek, jakie czytałem - nie tylko w tym roku, ale w całym życiu”. Bill Gates

23 Das unbeschriebene Blatt

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books 
Price :  $17.99
Release Date :  2017-11-23
Description :  Mit einem aktuellen Vorwort zur Neuausgabe! Auf John Locke geht die Vorstellung zurück, der Mensch sei ein leeres Blatt, auf dem im Verlauf des Lebens die persönlichen Erfahrungen eingetragen werden. In seinem mittlerweile klassischen Buch &#34;Das unbeschriebene Blatt. Die moderne Leugnung der menschlichen Natur&#34; bezieht Bestseller-Autor Steven Pinker ganz die Gegenposition: Mit Witz, Brillanz und Gelehrsamkeit analysiert er die Geschichte dieser Idee und zeigt, wie falsch sie ist – mit allen kruden Auswirkungen auf Vorstellungen von Sexualität, Rasse, Kindererziehung, Intelligenz usw. Die Rolle der Gene wird systematisch unterschätzt; aber das bedeutet nicht, dass wir ihnen völlig ausgeliefert sind. Pinker zeigt nämlich auch, wie befreiend diese Sichtweise sein kann. Ein unterhaltsames und anschauliches Buch zur Natur des Menschen, ein echter Lesegenuss.

24 A Bright Future

Author : Joshua S. Goldstein, Staffan A. Qvist & Steven Pinker
Genre :  Science & Nature  Books  Professional & Technical  Engineering  Politics & Current Events  Public Administration 
Release Date :  2019-01-08
Description :  <b>The first book ever to offer a proven, fast, inexpensive, practical approach to permanently cutting greenhouse gas emissions: increasing our commitment to both renewable and nuclear energy, together.<br /></b> <br />As climate change begins to take a serious toll on the planet--with much more damage yet to come--a solution to our warming problems is hiding in plain sight. We need to commit to de-carbonizing our economy, and do so immediately, but so far we have lacked the courage to really try.<br />Our fears of nuclear energy have grown irrationally large, even as our fears of climate change are irrationally small.<br /><br />In this clear-sighted and compelling book, Joshua Goldstein and Steffan Qvist come bearing good news: a real solution, one that is fast, cheap, and provably works. Based on Sweden's success cutting their carbon emissions in half, Goldstein and Qvist argue for a policy that combines nuclear and renewable energy sources. From 1970-1990, Sweden replaced coal power plants with nuclear ones, and slowly integrated renewable energy alongside it. During that same time period, the country generated more electricity than ever and its economy grew by 50 percent. They have had no nuclear accidents, nor has any of their uranium been stolen by terrorists.<br /><br />Separating facts from doomsday scenarios, Goldstein and Qvist force a real and meaningful dialogue about what the best energy policy is, and the dangers of remaining on our present path. And they offer an answer that really could work--if only we'd give it a try.

25 En defensa de la Ilustración

Author : Steven Pinker
Genre :  Science & Nature  Books  Nonfiction  Philosophy 
Release Date :  2018-06-19
Description :  Si creías que el mundo estaba llegando a su fin, esto te interesa: vivimos más años y la salud nos acompaña, somos más libres y, en definitiva, más felices; y aunque los problemas a los que nos enfrentamos son extraordinarios, las soluciones residen en el ideal de la Ilustración: el uso de la razón y la ciencia.<br /><br />En esta elegante evaluación de la condición humana en el tercer milenio, el científico cognitivo e intelectual Steven Pinker nos insta a ver con otra perspectiva los titulares alarmistas y las profecías de la perdición que juegan con nuestros prejuicios psicológicos. En cambio, haciendo uso de datos empíricos, muestra que la vida, la salud, la prosperidad, la seguridad, la paz, el conocimiento y la felicidad van en aumento, no solo en Occidente, sino en todo el mundo. Este progreso no es el resultado de alguna fuerza cósmica. Es un regalo de la Ilustración: la convicción de que la razón y la ciencia pueden mejorar el florecimiento humano.<br /><br />Lejos de ser una esperanza ingenua, la Ilustración, ahora lo sabemos, ha funcionado. Pero hoy más que nunca necesita que la defendamos con vigor. Con profundidad intelectual y estilo literario, <i>En defensa de la Ilustración</i> defiende la razón, la ciencia y el humanismo: los ideales que necesitamos para enfrentar nuestros problemas y continuar nuestro progreso.



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