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Your Brain's Politics (Societas)

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At first glance, issues like economic inequality, healthcare, climate change, and abortion seem unrelated. However, when thinking and talking about them, people reliably fall into two camps: conservative and liberal. What explains this divide? Why do conservatives and liberals hold the positions they do? And what is the conceptual nature of those who decide elections, comm ...more
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Published December 1st 2016 by Imprint Academic (first published November 1st 2016)
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B. Rule
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
While Lakoff has made some deep contributions to our understanding of linguistics and cognition, I was left underwhelmed by this short volume. The insight of metaphor as essential to, and controlling of, meaning in speech? Aces. The idea that the metaphors we use control the reality we perceive? Yep. That polarized politics reflects mutually exclusive referential frames? Definitely something to that. So from 40,000 feet, yes, we're on track.

However, the overarching metaphor used by Lakoff and h
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Marilyn Smith
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a timely book for making sense of US political divide that makes discussion so challenging right now. Lakoff explains how our brain's neural processing of words and phrases, often set in early childhood, can color words and phrases in ways that become auto pilot reactions.
A thoughtful and thought provoking read -
Raymond Lam
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lakoff and Wehling provide an account of how political attitudes are developed in humans based on recent research in cognitive science and linguistics. In essence, the work amounts to explaining how abstract concepts are formed in the human brain. The authors reveal that reasoning is a physical process according to which random neural connections in the brain get activated by interaction with the world thereby gradually structuring the brain into certain cognitive structure . This is a process c ...more
Kathleen
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
As per political understanding and making sense of the American landscape I have to complaints. Full marks.

But I have issues. The first is that objective truth cannot be communicated. As someone with a longstanding study of science, thats an issue. Especially when I am cure learning from several groups who specialize in Science Communication.

Second, the chapter on religious language included mainline Christianity. And only that. Considering the religious diversity in America that's problematic.

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Kukjin
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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인간은 합리적이지도, 객관적이지도 않으며, 은유로 사물/세상을 인식한다는 인지과학적 접근이 참 도움이 되었습니다.

한 사람의 정치적 성향을 분석하기 위하여 국가=가정이라는 은유로 접근하여 설명하는 것도 참 좋네요.

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Edward Ferrari
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wish there were more books like this.
Gigi
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Some good ideas are contained in this book; however, I did not like that it was published as a conversation, nor did I like that it was very short.
Mohammed Al-Humaikani
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written book that clearly imparts its concepts upon the reader. Written as an intelligent dialogue between two great cognitive scientists, the book allows the reader to easily follow the flow of information.

I think that what is presented would be "enlightening" for those who read news while they are filled with emotions. It has been explained clearly how the mechanisms of political framing stems from the differences in family values. The book presents an acute analysis that would
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George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at UC Berkeley and is one of the founders of the field of cognitive science.

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