The Way We Think
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Way We Think by Gilles Fauconnier
Book DescriptionIn its first two decades, much of cognitive science focused on such mental functions as memory, learning, symbolic thought, and language acquisition --the functions in which the human mind most closely resembles a computer. But humans are more than computers, and the cutting-edge research in cognitive science is increasingly focused on the more mysterious, creative aspects of the mind. The Way We Think is a landmark synthesis that exemplifies this new direction. The theory of conceptual blending is already widely known in laboratories throughout the world; this book is its definitive statement. Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner argue that all learning and all thinking consist of blends of metaphors based on simple bodily experiences. These blends are then themselves blended together into an increasingly rich structure that makes up our mental functioning in modern society. A child's entire development consists of learning and navigating these blends. The Way We Think shows how this blending operates; how it is affected by (and gives rise to) language, identity, and concept of category; and the rules by which we use blends to understand ideas that are new to us. The result is a bold, exciting, and accessible new view of how the mind works.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465087860
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 25-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gilles Fauconnier
Mappings in Thought and Language, Paperback (June 1997)
This 1997 book reveals the cognitive creativity that underlies our use of language in everyday life.
Spaces, Worlds and Grammar, Paperback (December 1996)
These 12 original papers extend the mental-spaces framework developed by Gilles Fauconnier and demonstrate its utility in solving deep problems in linguistics and discourse theory. The contributors analyze a wide range of phenomena, including analogical counterfactuals and deictic expression.
Mental Spaces, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by Gilles Fauconnier
The classic introduction to the study of mental spaces and conceptual projection.
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Author Biography - Gilles Fauconnier
Gilles Fauconnier is Professor and Chairman of the Cognitive Science Department at the University of California, San Diego. Mark Turner is Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
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