The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st Century American Politics with an 18th Century Brain June 5, 2008
Thursday, june 5
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library, Abbey Room
Professor George Lakeoff, author of Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Whose Freedom?, and Don’t Think of an Elephant!, explores the connections between cognitive science and political action. Why do many American vote against their own interests? Humans, he argues, are not the rational creatures we’ve so long imagined ourselves to be. Any savvy political campaigns should not assume people will use an objective system of reasoning when deciding how to vote. Lakoff joins us tonight to discuss his new book, The Political Mind, and explore how the mind works, how society works, and how they work together.
Book Signing will follow lecture and discussion.