The Stuff of Thought – Steven Pinker

Language is not just a window into human nature but a fistula: an open wound through which our innards are exposed to an infectious world. It’s not surprising that we expect people to sheathe their words in politeness and innuendo and other forms of doublespeak.

– Steven Pinker, The Stuff of Thought, 2007





…there is a theory of physics embedded in our language, a conception of space in our prepositions, a conception of matter in our nouns, a conception of time in our tenses, and a conception of causality in our verbs.

– Steven Pinker







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