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The Better Angels Of Our Nature - A History Of Violence And Humanity (Paperback): Steven Pinker The Better Angels Of Our Nature - A History Of Violence And Humanity (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 1
R419 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R53 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This acclaimed book by Steven Pinker argues that, contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent over millenia and decades. Can violence really have declined?

The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around the world suggest this is an almost obscene claim to be making. Extraordinarily, however, Steven Pinker shows violence within and between societies - both murder and warfare - really has declined from prehistory to today. We are much less likely to die at someone else's hands than ever before. Even the horrific carnage of the last century, when compared to the dangers of pre-state societies, is part of this trend.

Debunking both the idea of the 'noble savage' and an over-simplistic Hobbesian notion of a 'nasty, brutish and short' life, Steven Pinker argues that modernity and its cultural institutions are actually making us better people.

Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Paperback): Steven Pinker Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 1
R362 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R96 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'My new favourite book of all time' Bill Gates TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, more peaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable, including inequality, climate change, Artificial Intelligence and nuclear weapons. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. In making the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century, Pinker shows how we can use our faculties of reason and sympathy to solve the problems that inevitably come with being products of evolution in an indifferent universe. We will never have a perfect world, but - defying the chorus of fatalism and reaction - we can continue to make it a better one.

The Language Instinct - How the Mind Creates Language (Paperback): Steven Pinker The Language Instinct - How the Mind Creates Language (Paperback)
Steven Pinker
R435 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R85 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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. "The Language Instinct" 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 "The Language Instinct" was first published.

The Language Instinct - How the Mind Creates Language (Paperback): Steven Pinker The Language Instinct - How the Mind Creates Language (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 2
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Dazzling... Pinker's big idea is that language is an instinct...as innate to us as flying is to geese... Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations' - Independent 'A marvellously readable book... illuminates every facet of human language: its biological origin, its uniqueness to humanity, it acquisition by children, its grammatical structure, the production and perception of speech, the pathology of language disorders and the unstoppable evolution of languages and dialects' - Nature

How the Mind Works (Paperback): Steven Pinker How the Mind Works (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 1
R354 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R45 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why do we laugh? What makes memories fade? Why do people believe in ghosts? How the Mind Works explores every aspect of mental life, showing that our minds are not a mystery, but a system of organs of computation designed by natural selection.

The Sense of Style - The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Paperback): Steven Pinker The Sense of Style - The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 1
R308 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R76 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Steven Pinker, the bestselling author of The Language Instinct, deploys his gift for explaining big ideas in The Sense of Style - an entertaining writing guide for the 21st century What is the secret of good prose? Does writing well even matter in an age of instant communication? Should we care? In this funny, thoughtful book about the modern art of writing, Steven Pinker shows us why we all need a sense of style. More than ever before, the currency of our social and cultural lives is the written word, from Twitter and texting to blogs, e-readers and old-fashioned books. But most style guides fail to prepare people for the challenges of writing in the 21st century, portraying it as a minefield of grievous errors rather than a form of pleasurable mastery. They fail to deal with an inescapable fact about language: it changes over time, adapted by millions of writers and speakers to their needs. Confusing changes in the world with moral decline, every generation believes the kids today are degrading society and taking language with it. A guide for the new millennium, writes Steven Pinker, has to be different. Drawing on the latest research in linguistics and cognitive science, Steven Pinker replaces the recycled dogma of previous style guides with reason and evidence. This thinking person's guide to good writing shows why style still matters: in communicating effectively, in enhancing the spread of ideas, in earning a reader's trust and, not least, in adding beauty to the world. Eye-opening, mind-expanding and cheerful, The Sense of Style shows that good style is part of what it means to be human.

Atrocities - The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History (Paperback): Matthew White Atrocities - The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History (Paperback)
Matthew White; Foreword by Steven Pinker
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, "the numbers that people want to argue about." Reaching back to the Second Persian War in 480 BCE and moving chronologically through history, White surrounds hard facts (time and place) and succinct takeaways (who usually gets the blame?) with lively military, social, and political histories.

Aufklarung jetzt (German, Hardcover): Steven Pinker Aufklarung jetzt (German, Hardcover)
Steven Pinker
R633 R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Save R79 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Blank Slate - The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Paperback, New Ed): Steven Pinker The Blank Slate - The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Paperback, New Ed)
Steven Pinker 2
R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the past century many people have assumed that we are shaped by our environment: a blank slate waiting to be inscribed by upbringing and culture, with innate abilities playing little part.

Steven Pinker’s profound and essential book shows that this view denies the heart of our being: human nature. We are prepared for sex, aggression and jealousy – and also love, compassion and reason. Violence is not just a product of society; male and female minds are different; the genes we give our children shape them more than our parenting practices. To acknowledge our nature, Pinker shows, is not to condone inequality or callousness, but ultimately to understand the very foundations of humanity.

Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Paperback): Steven Pinker Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 1
R368 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R92 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Stuff of Thought - Language as a Window into Human Nature (Paperback): Steven Pinker The Stuff of Thought - Language as a Window into Human Nature (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 2
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Steven Pinker looks at how the relationship between words and thoughts can help us understand who we are. Why do so many swear words involve topics like sex, bodily functions or the divine? Why do some children's names thrive while others fall out of favour? Why do we threaten and bribe and seduce in such elaborate, often comical ways? How can a choice of metaphor damn a politician or start a war? And why do we rarely say what we actually mean? Language, as Steven Pinker shows, is at the heart of our lives, and through the way we use it - whether to inform, persuade, entertain or manipulate - we can glimpse the very essence of what makes us human. 'Awesome' Daily Mail 'Highly entertaining ... funny and thought-provoking' The Times 'Anyone interested in language should read The Stuff of Thought ... moments of genuine revelation and some very good jokes' Mark Haddon, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year 'No one writes about language as clearly as Steven Pinker, and this is his best book yet' David Crystal, Financial Times Steven Pinker is the 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 six books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate.

Language, Cognition, and Human Nature (Hardcover): Steven Pinker Language, Cognition, and Human Nature (Hardcover)
Steven Pinker
R783 Discovery Miles 7 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Language, Cognition, and Human Nature collects together for the first time Steven Pinker's most influential scholarly work on language and cognition. Pinker is a highly eminent cognitive scientist, and his research emphasizes the importance of language and its connections to cognition, social relationships, child development, human evolution, and theories of human nature. The thirteen essays in this eclectic collection span Pinker's thirty-year career, ranging over topics such as language acquisitions, visual cognition, the meaning and syntax of verbs, regular and irregular phenomena in language and their implications for the mechanisms of cognition, and the social psychology of direct and indirect speech. Each outlines a major theory - such as evolution, or nature vs. nurture - or takes up an argument with other prominent scholars such as Stephen Jay Gould, Noam Chomsky, or Richard Dawkins. Featuring a new introduction by Pinker that discusses his books and scholarly work, this book represents a major contribution to the field of cognitive science, by one of the field's leading thinkers.

The Sense of Style - The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Hardcover): Steven Pinker The Sense of Style - The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Hardcover)
Steven Pinker
R616 R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Save R114 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by "New York Times" bestselling author Steven Pinker
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? Why should any of us care?
In "The Sense of Style," the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn't carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.
In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish.
Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.

Language, Cognition, and Human Nature (Paperback): Steven Pinker Language, Cognition, and Human Nature (Paperback)
Steven Pinker
R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Virtuous Violence - Hurting and Killing to Create, Sustain, End, and Honor Social Relationships (Paperback): Alan Page Fiske,... Virtuous Violence - Hurting and Killing to Create, Sustain, End, and Honor Social Relationships (Paperback)
Alan Page Fiske, Tage Shakti Rai; Foreword by Steven Pinker
R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Enlightenment Now - The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress (Hardcover): Steven Pinker Enlightenment Now - The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress (Hardcover)
Steven Pinker
R727 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R151 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels Of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: 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.

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.

Far from being a na´ve 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.

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? (Paperback): Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain De Botton, Malcolm Gladwell Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? (Paperback)
Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain De Botton, Malcolm Gladwell 1
R205 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R29 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'It's just a brute fact that we don't throw virgins into volcanoes any more. We don't execute people for shoplifting a cabbage. And we used to.' -Steven Pinker 'The idea that because things have gotten better in the past they will continue to do so in the future is a fallacy I would have thought confined to the lower reaches of Wall Street.' -Malcolm Gladwell In a world driven by technology and globalization, is humanity approaching a Golden Age or is the notion of progress a Western delusion? Four of the world's most renowned thinkers take on one of the biggest debates of the modern era...

Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print... Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Steven Pinker
R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
How the Mind Works (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged): Steven Pinker How the Mind Works (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged)
Steven Pinker; Narrated by Mel Foster
R206 R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Save R12 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this delightful, acclaimed 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. This new edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.

?Undeniably brilliant.? ?"Newsday"

?Big, brash, and a lot of fun.? ?"Time"

?Hugely entertaining?always sparkling and provoking.? ?"Wall Street Journal"

?Witty popular science that you enjoy reading for the writing as well as for the science.? ?"New York Times Book Review"

The Better Angels of Our Nature - Why Violence Has Declined (Paperback): Steven Pinker The Better Angels of Our Nature - Why Violence Has Declined (Paperback)
Steven Pinker 1
R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A provocative history of violence--from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Stuff of Thought" and "The Blank Slate"

Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, "New York Times" bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 (Paperback, 2004 ed.): Tim Folger, Steven Pinker The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 (Paperback, 2004 ed.)
Tim Folger, Steven Pinker
R331 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R40 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004, edited by Steven Pinker, is another "provocative and thoroughly enjoyable [collection] from start to finish" (Publishers Weekly). Here is the best and newest on science and nature: the psychology of suicide terrorism, desperate measures in surgery, the weird world of octopuses, Sex Week at Yale, the linguistics of click languages, the worst news about cloning, and much more.

How the Mind Works (Paperback): Steven Pinker How the Mind Works (Paperback)
Steven Pinker
R526 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R72 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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. This new edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author."

Virtuous Violence - Hurting and Killing to Create, Sustain, End, and Honor Social Relationships (Hardcover): Alan Page Fiske,... Virtuous Violence - Hurting and Killing to Create, Sustain, End, and Honor Social Relationships (Hardcover)
Alan Page Fiske, Tage Shakti Rai; Foreword by Steven Pinker
R1,235 Discovery Miles 12 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

The Language Instinct - How the Mind Creates Language (Chinese, Paperback): Steven Pinker The Language Instinct - How the Mind Creates Language (Chinese, Paperback)
Steven Pinker
R1,112 Discovery Miles 11 120 Out of stock
Words and Rules - The Ingredients of Language (CD, Unabridged): Steven Pinker Words and Rules - The Ingredients of Language (CD, Unabridged)
Steven Pinker; Read by Arthur Morey
R526 R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Save R41 (8%) Out of stock
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