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George Lakoff: The Political Mind

The Authors@Google program was pleased to welcome author and professor George Lakoff to Google’s New York office to discuss his new book, “The Political Mind”.

George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Rockridge Institute, a think tank in Berkeley, CA. He is author of “Don’t Think of an Elephant!”, “Moral Politics”, “Whose Freedom?”, and coauthor of “Thinking Points: A Progressive’s Handbook”, as well as many books and articles on cognitive science and linguistics. In this talk Professor Lakoff speaks about his latest work The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain. In “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, Thomas Frank pointed out that a great number of Americans actually vote against their own interests. In “The Political Mind”, George Lakoff explains why.

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