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George Lakoff, professor of linguistics

George Lakoff

George Lakoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at UC Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. His research involves the application of cognitive and neural linguistics to politics, literature, philosophy and mathematics.

Lakoff's research involves questions traditionally pursued by linguists, such as the conditions under which a certain linguistic construction is grammatically viable, but he is best know for his ideas about the centrality of metaphor to human thinking, political behavior and society. His concept of the "embodied mind," which he has written about in relation to the nature of everyday thought - as well as higher mathematics - has gained wide currency.

In recent years Lakoff has applied his work to the realm of politics, analyzing political worldviews and the framing of issues in public discourse. He is now working on a neural theory of thought and language that explains how meaningful ideas can arise from neural circuitry and their connections to the body.

George Lakoff's books include Don't Think of an Elephant!, Whose Freedom?, and The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic, among others.

His personal website is georgelakoff.com

Posts by George Lakoff

1-27-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?State of the Union 2014: The cognitive power of the President
11-25-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The NY Times uncovers conservative attacks, then prints one; both are on the front page
12-4-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Why it’s hard to replace the ‘fiscal cliff’ metaphor
11-5-12Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?Global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy
10-5-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Why Obama lost the first debate
8-23-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Romney, Ryan, and the Devil’s budget: Will America keep its soul?
8-14-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Obama defends freedom of religion: Be not afraid of Mitt Romney
8-1-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Obama’s and Romney’s opposed visions for a free America
7-6-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?What hath Roberts wrought?
12-12-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Words that don’t work
12-1-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Occupy elections, with a simple message
10-25-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?How to frame yourself: A framing memo for Occupy Wall Street
9-20-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The use of 9/11 to consolidate conservative power: Intimidation via framing
7-29-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Why democracy is public: The American Dream beats the nightmare
4-18-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Obama returns to his moral vision
2-28-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The real issues: A Wisconsin update
2-22-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?What conservatives really want
1-28-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The new Obama narrative
1-25-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The “new centrism” and its discontents
12-13-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Untellable truths
11-5-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?What the election pundits missed
10-5-10Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?Notes on environmental communication: Why conservatives message better
9-16-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Why are so many people about to vote against their interests?
7-26-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Conservatism’s death gusher
7-16-10Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?Double dividend: Make money by saving nature
6-1-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Obama’s missing moral narrative and the intimidating right-wing message machine
4-15-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Framing, value-shifting, the California budget crisis, and why Democrats so often act like Republicans