George Lakoff

George Lakoff is the author of The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic (co-authored with Elizabeth Wehling). His previous books include Moral Politics, Don't Think of an Elephant!, Whose Freedom? and Thinking Points (with the Rockridge Institute staff). He is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, and a founding senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:36am
Charles J. Fillmore (1929-2014): A Friend and One of the World's Greatest Linguists
Charles J. Fillmore, one of the world’s greatest linguists — ever — died last Thursday, February 13, at the age of 84 in San Francisco. He was the discoverer of frame semantics, who did the essential research on the nature of framing in thought and language. He discovered that we think, largely unconsciously, in terms of conceptual frames — mental structures that organize our thought. Further, he found that every word is mentally defined in terms of frame structures.
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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 7:26am
SOTU 2014: The Cognitive Power of the President
There are enough people guessing what the president will do. This is about what he almost certainly won’t do, but what I would like him to do.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 6:56am
The New York Times Uncovers Conservative Attacks and Then Prints One; Both Are on the Front Page
The NY Times has many virtues and some important flaws. Both were evident on the paper's front page this week and there is a lot to be learned by what did and did not appear there.
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Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8:48am
Obama Reframes Syria: Metaphor and War Revisited
President Obama has reframed his position on Syria, adjusting the Red Line metaphor: It wasn’t his Red Line, not his responsibility for drawing it. It was the Red Line drawn by the world, by the international community—both legally by international treaty, and morally by universal revulsion against the use of poison gas by Assad.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 6:31am
Why Ultra-Conservatives Like the Sequester
Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, Robert Reich and other major economists have pointed out that the deficit is not an urgent economic problem and that, to the contrary, the economy would be helped by an increase in public investment and harmed by drastic cuts.
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Friday, February 15, 2013 - 6:22am
How the State of the Union "Worked"
Political journalists have a job to do — to examine the SOTU’s long list of proposals. They are doing that job, many are doing it well, and I’ll leave it to them. Instead, I want to discuss what in the long run is a deeper question: How did the SOTU help to change public discourse? What is the change? And technically, how did it work?
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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 8:54am
The Price of Our Freedom
Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? — Barack Obama, Newtown Address, December 16, 2012
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Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:28am
Michigan’s New 'Corporate Servitude Law' Takes Away Worker Rights
Michigan has just passed a corporate servitude law. It is designed to take away many of the worker rights that unions have conferred throughout their history: The right to a living wage. The right to equal pay for women. The right to deferred payments in the form of pensions. The right to negotiate workplace standards and working conditions.
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Monday, December 3, 2012 - 7:26am
Why It’s Hard to Replace the "Fiscal Cliff” Metaphor
Writers on economics have been talking since the election about why the “fiscal cliff” metaphor is misleading.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 1:59pm
Yes, Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy
Yes, global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy — and the Midwest droughts and the fires in Colorado and Texas, as well as other extreme weather disasters around the world. Let’s say it out loud, it was causation, systemic causation.
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