“semantic niceties, language, cursing or dirty words”Jerry W wrote this review Thursday, March 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“not as easily accessible as I predicted”Michelle M wrote this review Sunday, March 7, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Written like an academic usually does, not well or concise, but presents some great ideas.”Dave A wrote this review Sunday, February 7, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dense, but thought provoking. Don't see this as being intended for casual audiences.”Chris wrote this review Monday, January 4, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“starts off promising, but fades fast. Didn't make it through. reads like a textbook”D L wrote this review Tuesday, November 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent work, however extremely abstract. It helps balance practical knowledge with scientific understanding of how the mind's lingua franca expresses itself. Still, do not enter without a dictionary or a 50,000 word vocabulary - words such as milleu, juxtapose, recapitulate, and abjure are all here, used properly mind you, but not exactly 12-grade level language.
The funniest quote from that book: "Time is nature's way to keep everything from happening at once, and space is nature's way to keep everything from happening to me".”
“too technical - actually stopped reading it”david belaga wrote this review Thursday, August 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Steven Pinker’s enthusiasm about language comes through everywhere in this book – which is a good thing, because the subject matter itself is dense and complex. This combination results in a curious reading experience: Pinker’s lively style, many anecdotes and extreme lucidity pull you forward in the text, but the difficulty of the questions he raises could stump you for some time. He explores many linguistic theories in such depth that readers without a particular interest in the field may, frankly, get lost or find the book too abstract, despite Pinker’s numerous attempts to ground his discussions in reality. Therefore, while this is a fine book, getAbstract recommends it primarily to patient readers who have a strong interest in language and philosophy. Bring along an open mind and a sense of humor, since Pinker explores language practices – such as obscenities and insults – that may provoke emotional responses.