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Your Brain's Politics: How the Science of Mind Explains the Political Divide (Societas) (Paperback)

By George Lakoff, Elisabeth Wehling
$12.00
ISBN: 9781845409210
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Published: Societas – November 1st, 2016

“At first glance, issues like economic inequality, healthcare, climate change, and abortion seem unrelated. However, when thinking and talking about them, people reliably fall into two camps: conservative and liberal. What explains this divide? Why do conservatives and liberals hold the positions they do? And what is the conceptual nature of those who decide elections, commonly called the “political middle”?

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The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic (Paperback)

By George Lakoff, Elisabeth Wehling
$12.00
ISBN: 9781476700014
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Published: Free Press – June 26th, 2012

“Most people are morally complex; that is, they have complex combinations of conservative and liberal moral values. Moral complexity matters because it determines elections. The repeated use of conservative or liberal moral language is often the decisive factor in whether an independent uses a liberal or conservative moral system for a given election.” – George Lakoff, cognitive scientist and linguist, Chapter 1, “The Basics”

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The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics (Paperback)

By George Lakoff
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143115687
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Published: Penguin Books – June 2nd, 2009

“The left-to-right scale that political pundits love is an inaccurate metaphor – and a dangerous one, for two reasons. First, it posits a political “mainstream,” a population with a unified political worldview, which does not exist now, nor has it ever. The very use of the left-to-right scale metaphor serves to empower radical conservatives and marginalize progressives.” – George Lakoff, cognitive scientist and linguist, Chapter 2, “The Political Unconscious”

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Whose Freedom? The Battle of America's Most Important Idea (Paperback)

By George Lakoff
$23.00
ISBN: 9780312426477
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Published: Picador – May 15th, 2007

“Free will can operate only on ideas in your brain; it cannot operate on ideas you do not have. Free will is thus not totally free. It is radically constrained by the frames and metaphors shaping your brain and limiting how you see the world.  Those frames and metaphors get there, to a remarkable extent, through the repetition of the media.  If this sounds a bit scary, it should.” – George Lakoff, Cognitive Scientist and Linguist, “Introduction”

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Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Second Edition (Paperback)

By George Lakoff
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ISBN: 9780226467719
Availability: Temporarily Out of Print
Published: University of Chicago Press – 1996

“One of the things most studied in cognitive science is common sense. Common sense cannot be taken for granted. Whenever a cognitve scientist hears the words ‘It’s just comcmon sense,’ his ears perk up and he knows there something to be studied in detail and depth – something that needs to be understood. Nothing is ‘just’ common sense. Common sense has a conceptual structure that is usually unconscious. That’s what makes it ‘common sense.’ It is the common sensical quality of political discourse that makes it imperative that we study it.” – George Lakoff, cognitive scientist and linguist, Chapter 1, “The Mind and Politics”

Email info@empathysurplus.com to request a link to the on-line thought leader community of Empathy Surplus Project Workplace by Facebook. There you join a diverse community of other caring citizens studying Lakoff. Collectively you can practice how best to apply what you are learning to your sphere of influence.

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The All New Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate (Paperback)

By George Lakoff
$15.00
ISBN: 9781603585941
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company – 2nd edition, September 23rd, 2014 – Updated and expanded from 1st edition, 2004

“At this point we have to ask The Reflexivity Question for Personhood: Can linguistic framing change the kind of person someone is? (Change common sense?) The answer seems to be yes, though possibly not in extreme cases. But such changes do appear to have happened over the years . . .” – George Lakoff, cognitive scientist and linguist, Chapter 5, “Politics and Personhood”

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Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision (Paperback)

By George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute
$13.00
ISBN-13: 9780374530907
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Published, Straus and Giroux, October 3rd, 2006

“We hope this handbook begins a process of creating a language of a renewed liberalism. In its online version, it will form the basis of the Rockridge Progressive Manual Project, designed to extend this handbook, step-by-step, to all issue areas, and to do so interactively, with an ongoing dialogue, a national conversation, with grassroots progressives. This handbook is also the seed of the Rockridge Action Network, a network of activists – individuals and groups – who want to speak out on issues and place progressive ideas and values before the public.” – George Lakoff, cognitive scientist and linguist, “Preface”

NOTE: The Rockridge Nation was an on-line community of the Rockridge Institute. Our founder served on the Rockridge Nation’s board of directors from 2005-2008. With Dr. Lakoff’s encouragement the Empathy Surplus Project is providing an infrastructure to carry on the work of collective learning in communities of practice. We especially encourage cognitive scientists and linguists, who support Dr. Lakoff’s work, to consider joining our on-line community.

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