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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature by Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard, has written several books about human nature or language. With The Stuff of Thought, he studies how language affects human nature. He investigates how swearing and offensive language affects the way we interpret a message, how we learn to parse innuendos and double entendres into the intended meanings, how similar verbs actually present a different meaning when they're used, and how language has affected the evolutionary processes of the brain. The Stuff of Thought has received positive reviews with the Guardian saying, "But even if you don't think it has all the answers, The Stuff of Thought does have what are arguably the two most important qualities of a good popular science book: it makes its subject accessible, and it makes its readers think."