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The stuff of Steven Pinker's thought

With his characteristic flair ("verbivores," "whimperatives," "malefactive verbs," "momentaneous events"), Pinker picks language apart to reveal the conceptual scaffolds and preoccupations that underlie it, including pervasive beliefs about the workings of time, space, and motion, as well as the human body. Slate.