With this book, Mark Turner and Gilles Fauconnier make a
new and compelling argument for the importance of imagination in
our conceptual lives. Written in lucid and lively prose, this book
encourages us to re-think the thoughts that occupy our everyday
world, and to connect them to the most profound accomplishments
of the human mind.
- Lawrence Zbikowski, author of Conceptualizing Music
Over the last two decades, cognitive linguists have mapped
out the basic elements of thought -- image-schemas, frames, conceptual
metaphors and metonymies, prototypes, mental spaces. Now Fauconnier
and Turner have filled in the last piece of the puzzle: conceptual
blending, the mental mechanism that binds together and integrates
these elements into complex ideas. The Way We Think is a
dazzling tour of the complexities of human imagination.
- George Lakoff, co-author of Philosophy in the Flesh and
Where Mathematics Comes From
This wonderful and stylish book, which deals with the deeper
layers of the human imagination, is one of those rare works in cognitive
science that fully acknowledge the subtlety and complexity of creative
thinking. It is illustrated richly with examples drawn from art,
literature, mathematics, and daily life. This is exactly the approachrigorous
synthesis of science and the humanities that will be needed,
if we are to understand the special powers of the human mind.
- Merlin Donald, author of A Mind So Rare and Origins
of the Modern Mind.
"If you seek challenging phenomena to explain or wish to be
further impressed with the human mind, conceptual blends are for
you. These remarkable cognitive gymnastics are not only astonishingly
complex and sophisticated, they are ubiquitous, arising across the
spectrum of human accomplishment. Fauconnier and Turner's analyses
of conceptual blends will provoke and broaden your thinking."
- Lawrence W. Barsalou, Past Chair, Cognitive Science Society
"This book gives us deep insights into clinical processes
known from Freud to the present but never really explained. In the
age of cognitive science, this book must be read by psychoanalysts
and psychotherapists interested in developing their field."
- Marco Casonato, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy.
Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner elaborate a comprehensive
theory of conceptual blending that goes to the heart of how we think
about what we think. Everyone who is interested in the nature and
artifacts of human consciousness should read this pioneering and
profoundly revolutionary book.
- Donald C. Freeman, University of Southern California