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A User S Guide To Thought And Meaning

Author : Ray Jackendoff
ISBN : 9780191620683
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning presents a profound and arresting integration of the faculties of the mind - of how we think, speak, and see the world. Ray Jackendoff starts out by looking at languages and what the meanings of words and sentences actually do. He shows that meanings are more adaptive and complicated than they're commonly given credit for, and he is led to some basic questions: How do we perceive and act in the world? How do we talk about it? And how can the collection of neurons in the brain give rise to conscious experience? As it turns out, the organization of language, thought, and perception does not look much like the way we experience things, and only a small part of what the brain does is conscious. Jackendoff concludes that thought and meaning must be almost completely unconscious. What we experience as rational conscious thought - which we prize as setting us apart from the animals - in fact rides on a foundation of unconscious intuition. Rationality amounts to intuition enhanced by language. Written with an informality that belies both the originality of its insights and the radical nature of its conclusions, A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning is the author's most important book since the groundbreaking Foundations of Language in 2002.

A User S Guide To Thought And Meaning

Author : Ray Jackendoff
ISBN : 9780199693207
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Explores the relationships between meaning, thought, and language and how they influence how people process the world around them, covering topics such as free will, consciousness, experience, and rationality.

A User S Guide To Thought And Meaning

Author : Ray Jackendoff
ISBN : 0198736452
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Ray Jackendoff's most important book since Foundations of Language investigates how the mind works, how language links to the world, and how these questions affect the way we live. With an informality that belies the originality of its insight it presents a radical, new understanding of the relation between language, thought, and consciousness.

A User S Guide To Franz Rosenzweig S Star Of Redemption

Author : Norbert M. Samuelson
ISBN : 9781317832461
Genre : Social Science
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This user-friendly guide will help students of the 'Star' to be able to discuss at a basic level what, at least conceptually, Rosenzweig intended to say and how all that he says is interrelated.

Consciousness

Author : Adam Zeman
ISBN : 0300104979
Genre : Psychology
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In this thought-provoking book, neurologist Adam Zeman offers an enlightening view of consciousness seen through the lenses of science and philosophy, enhancing his discussion with case studies of neurological patients and observations of young children’s expanding mental worlds. "An articulate . . . neurologist . . . covers many aspects of consciousness for general readers. His treatment of the disorders of knowledge is superb. If you were intrigued with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, you’ll appreciate [the book’s] buildup to what Oliver Sacks described in that work. . . . Approachable and instructive.”--William H. Calvin, New York Times Book Review "A grand tour of the terrain of consciousness, as viewed from neuroscientific and philosophical perspectives.”--Colin Beer, Quarterly Review of Biology "[Zeman] is uniquely qualified to write this particular book, whose chief merit is that it provides a summary of the current state of play in neurobiology, psychology, and philosophy. . . . A very useful book.”--John R. Searle, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Collateral Language

Author : John Collins
ISBN : 9780814772652
Genre : Political Science
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Terrorism, jihad, fundamentalism, blowback. These and other highly charged terms have saturated news broadcasts and everyday conversation since September 11th. But to keen ears their meanings change depending upon who's doing the talking. So what do these words really mean? And what are people trying to say when they use them? Each of the thirteen essays in Collateral Language offers an informed perspective on a particular word or phrase that serves as a building block in the edifice of post-World Trade Center rhetoric. In some cases this involves a systematic examination of the term in question (e.g. "anthrax" or "unity")its historical roots, the development of its meaning and usage in the U.S. over time, and its employment in the current context. In other cases authors provide a set of more philosophical or autobiographical reflections on a particular idea (e.g. "vital interests" or "evil"), suggesting a need to consider the ethical and moral implications of using the concept uncritically. In every instance, however, the overriding goal is to give the reader a set of practical tools to analyze the political language that surrounds all of us at this critical point in our nation's history. Witty, informative and highly readable, Collateral Language is a lexicon of political terminology and an indispensable tool for understanding the current conflict.

Snap To Grid

Author : Peter Lunenfeld
ISBN : 0262621584
Genre : Art
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A vibrant guide to the artistic, cultural, and social faces of the new media.

Aphorisms From A To Z

Author : Jay Friedenberg
ISBN : 0985147229
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Aphorisms from A to Z is the result of more than a decade of work. It is one of the most comprehensive and qualitative sources of sayings from any single author, consisting of over 2,000 different aphorisms on more than 600 topics. The book is intended to inspire and serve as a practical guide to living a better life. It starts with an overview of aphorisms, describing what they are in relation to other sayings such as proverbs and quotations. Also included in the introduction are interviews with contemporary aphorists and aphorist scholars, describing the role that this ancient literary form now serves today. The book concludes with lists of both classical and current aphorists for the interested reader who wants to pursue more.

Foundations Of Language

Author : Ray Jackendoff
ISBN : 9780191574016
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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How does human language work? How do we put ideas into words that others can understand? Can linguistics shed light on the way the brain operates? Foundations of Language puts linguistics back at the centre of the search to understand human consciousness. Ray Jackendoff begins by surveying the developments in linguistics over the years since Noam Chomsky's Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. He goes on to propose a radical re-conception of how the brain processes language. This opens up vivid new perspectives on every major aspect of language and communication, including grammar, vocabulary, learning, the origins of human language, and how language relates to the real world. Foundations of Language makes important connections with other disciplines which have been isolated from linguistics for many years. It sets a new agenda for close cooperation between the study of language, mind, the brain, behaviour, and evolution.

Consciousness And The Computational Mind

Author : Ray Jackendoff
ISBN : 0262600196
Genre : Psychology
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Examining one of the fundamental issues in cognitive psychology: How does our conscious experience come to be the way it is?

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