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Chapter 2 of Lakoff’s new book is titled “The Political Unconscious, and it’s absolutely terrible. It’s also the first chapter likely to really piss off conservatives, or really anyone who might approach the chapter critically. Oh, and it has plenty of gratuitous neuroscience to top it all off. First, let’s look at what will inevitably…

The first thing to say about Chapter 1 is that it’s much better written than the Introduction. In fact, if you buy the book, I recommend skipping the introduction, and starting with Chapter 1. Chapter 1 is, in fact, the best chapter in the book. That’s because it contains a pretty good discussion of scripts,…

Well, I’ve got Lakoff’s new book, The Political Mind, and I’ve read the first few chapters, so I figured I’d start sharing my thoughts about them. For now, I’ll do it on a chapter by chapter basis, which makes sense, because the chapters are pretty disjointed and, at least after the first few, it’s hard…

Lakoff in the NYT

There’s a review of George Lakoff’s new book, The Political Mind, in today’s New York Times. You can read the review here. Some key excerpts: Neuroscience shows that pure facts are a myth and that self-interest is a conservative idea. In a “New Enlightenment,” progressives will exploit these discoveries. They’ll present frames instead of raw…

I have to admit that I’ve been avoiding the “framing science” discussion that’s been going on in the science blogosphere recently, mostly because I’d rather talk about what framing is and how it works than two author’s rather vague ideas about how to use framing in a particular area of discourse. And because the Science…

In the recent dust up over “framing science,” there’s been more hand waving than any actual discussion of, you know, framing. However, I was struck by one point that fellow ScienceBlogger Matt Nisbet, one of the authors of the Science article that sparked this whole mess, made in comments to my post on the discussion.…

Talkin’ Science

As you all know, fellow ScienceBloggers Matt Nisbet and Chris Mooney published an article in the April 6 issue of Science on the topic of “framing science.” The article has sparked a great deal of (sometimes heated) debate on ScienceBlogs and off (Bora has a list of links, to which I’d add John Hawks, Greg…

Framing Project: A Long Overdue Update

I’m sure you’ve all long forgotten about the framing project that I discussed on this blog late last year, but in case someone out there remembers it, I wanted to give you an update. I still want to collect the category norms that I discussed. That is, I want to have people list features of…

Political Analogies

It’s time for another reposting of something I wrote on the old blog. Laziness reigns again. This is a post on research on political analogies, originally posted on March 29, 2005. If it looks like it’s starting in the middle, that’s because it is. I left out the beginning of the post because it had…

Lakoff the Chomskyan?

You know things have taken a turn for the surreal when George Lakoff is described as “an admirer of Noam Chomsky.” I may dislike his linguistics and his political theory, but I have to pat him on the back for striking such a nerve with the wingnuts that they are willing to call a man…