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  1. Dave Dave says:

    Linguistics schlinguistics this is also a book about politics and public policy Language in Thought and ACTION and the best one about either subject that I’ve ever read It gives me hope that there is possibility for greater cooperation among us all despite all of our real and importantly perceived differences Yeah there’s a lot of “common sense” in there but it’s put in a framework that makes it much easier to identify and understand how others are speaking or thinkingI suppose an important message from the book is that by understanding when someone is speaking emotionally or misabstracting or whatever you as a listener should be able to identify that and not take their words as literal and maybe try to understand what they REALLY mean and eventually hold hands around the campfire and sing Kumbaya since by that point you’ve gone on together to solve all the world’s problems For me however it just meant for the first couple years after reading this book I wanted to tell anyone who overgeneralized that were on the wrong rung of the abstraction ladderIt's the only book I'd give the should be reuired reading seal of approval


  2. Nick Nick says:

    Wow This was great Answers such uestions as why do we have language at all? How do words and the things words represent get mixed up by our brain? How does all of this impact our lives and our civilizations? Perhaps I'm just new to reading about semantics but I found the book's subject matter highly engrossingAlong the way it also systemizes a lot of common sense notions of language Admitting my ignorance of Wittgenstein this sounds a lot like him The book also reminded me of the Black Swan by Nassim Taleb because its very readable results oriented empirical and the author is direct about what level of abstraction he is working at and cares about such things as levels of abstractionIts also kind of dated in terms of the technological and cultural references which could be a positive or a negative positive for me One negative was that he occasionally towards the second section interjects his political beliefs into it as though they were the default reasonable position he is a moderate authoritarian leftist american democrat He also encourages the reader to be extremely skeptical and analytical about political language but sometimes implies that those who reject his own ideas are basically just playing language games This was annoying but not annoying enough to steal 5 stars from this book


  3. Patrick Adekunle Patrick Adekunle says:

    A very illuminating read Many thanks to the much admired person who inspired my foray into linguistics I owe you beerThis book helped me explore the characteristics of language and how we use it Key takeways for me include Reports inferences judgements and directive vs informative languageThe power of affective languageAn understanding of intensional and extensional orientationsThe powerful statement The map is NOT the territory and its implications A deeper understanding into how high level language abstractions affect how we perceive and respond to realityTwo valued and Multi valued orientationsThe final segment on reading aptly titled 'Reading Towards Sanity' is a powerful description on how proper reading as a guide to life instead of as an end in itself and essentially other forms of knowledge acuisition through language enrich our senses and abilities to experience The two uotes below do a far better job than me in explaining this idea Experience itself is an extremely imperfect teacher Experience does not tell us what it is we are experiencing Things simply happen And if we do not know what to look for in our experience they often have no significance to us whatever The communications we receive from others insofar as they do not simply retrace our old patterns of feeling and tell us things we already know increase the efficiency of our nervous systems Poets as well as scientists have aptly been called the window washers of the mind; without their communications to widen our interests and increase the sensitivity of our perceptions we could very well remain as blind as puppiesI highly recommend this


  4. Sukhneet Singh Virk Sukhneet Singh Virk says:

    Language in Thought and Action shifted my thought process in so many waysI'm able to extract much uality information from conversations than ever beforeAn example of what you learn we get information 2 ways direct experience extensional and everything else verbal Extensional info gives us a VERY limited view of the world I have no way of knowing Obama is a real person that South America exists or becoming a billionaire is a possibilityI learn about those things through verbal info articles videos talking to people news books associative memory etcVerbal info is like a map that gives us an understanding of the real world When we're euipped with accurate maps we're prepared for living a successful life and reaching our goals When we have an inaccurate map that's when we run into troubleAnd we get inaccurate maps all the time Stories of success coming to those who are 'passionate' that a toothpaste will make our teeth whiter or that all we need is willpower to succeedBalanced biographies scientific method and approaching problems with a curious mindset all give us much accurate maps to navigate our livesEvery time I crack this book open it expands my understanding of things I never used to pay attention toMust read for anyone interested in improving their thought process and their livesRating systemI'm interested in books that describe underlying patterns and apply to all aspects of daily living EX a book about language applies everyday and opens up your eyes to many new things1 star I'm surprised I finished it Will encourage people not to read at all2 star Got some value out of it but not actively recommending3 star Great book and you should read it if you've got some interest in it I'm glad I read it but most likely won't read it again4 star Excellent book that you need to read if it touches on your interest Will recommend to others and maybe read again5 star Everyone should read this book I recommend it to others regularly and may buy a few copies to hand out Will read again


  5. Steph Steph says:

    p 19The first of the principles governing symbols is this The symbol is not the thing symbolized; the word is not the thing; the map is not the territory it stands forp 21We all inherit a great deal of useless knowledge and a great deal of misinformation and error so that there is always a portion of what we have been told that must be discarded It should be noticed that there are three ways of getting false maps of the world into our heads first by having them given to us; second by making them up for ourselves by misreading true maps; third by constructing them ourselves by misreading territories But the cultural heritage that is transmitted to us—our socially pooled knowledge both scientific and humane has been valued principally because we believe that it gives us accurate maps of experiencep 130 131To attempt to converse in this way is to make all our social contacts occasions for what we have earlier called “the pooling of knowledge” We can if we are able to listen as well as to speak become better informed and wiser as we grow older instead of being stuck like some people with the same little bundle of prejudices at sixty five that we had at twenty fiveStatements made in everyday conversation even if based on slipshod inferences and hasty over generalizations can usually be found to have some modest degree of truth value To find the needle of meaning in the haystacks of nonsense that the other fellow is talking is to learn something even from the apparently prejudiced and uninformed And if the other fellow is eually patient about looking for the needle of meaning in our haystacks of nonsense he may learn something from us Ultimately all civilized life depends upon the willingness on the part of all of us to learn as well as to teach To delay one’s reactions and to be able to say “Tell me ” and then to listen before reactingp159If pictures give television its power excessive reliance on them constitutes its weakness Television news focuses on things it can easily symbolize visually at the expense of things that are harder to depict A few homeless people or a family being evicted can be televised to depict the larger problems of housing shortages and homelessness but it’s hard to televise houses not being built rents increasing or employment declining It’s easy to televise motorists in a gasoline line but hard to televise a national strategy for lessening dependence on imported oil The visual aspect of television adept at specifics has trouble climbing back up the abstraction ladder to levels of greater generality and applicability


  6. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    I read a library copy of this book in high school probably on assignment from my senior English teacher Mr Silkowski It was the first book I'd ever read on communication theory and semantics other than Marshall McLuhan and it left far less of an impression perhaps because it had been assigned by a teacher I didn't particularly like rather than recommended by an older friend whom I admired The notion of General Semantics however I did find intriguing


  7. Daphyne Daphyne says:

    Hayakawa has written a masterpiece on how language impacts our thoughts and actions and in a way that is approachable to everyone I was making connections nonstop to advertising the Internet politics our recent Covid mess I only wish I’d known about this sooner as I’d highly recommend using it in homeschool high school The only possible negative is that it predates the Internet but much of what Hayakawa says about television translates to the Internet only so Some of the author’s examples cultural references may seem dated to anyone under 3040 but can be easily updated if used in a classroom setting Im not even willing to lower this to 4 stars for it The book is too valuable Buy it Read it Read it again


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    This is one of the most enlightening books I have ever read Hayakawa is the kind of incredibly bright mind whose writing can make you think methodically conclude things confidently and feel smarter yourself Somehow he seems like a friend at tea but his observations are so clear that you wonder how he can outside enough to notice all this and inside enough to feel familiar and patient and maybe kind Thus this non fiction book was far far of a page turner for me than most books of fiction that I've read and liked lately If he has a moral message it is unobtrusive unassuming and the kind of lesson that any reader who's heard any of what he's said simply must draw for herself Come to think of it he argues rather like lawyers should so that the conclusion the author desires never once spoken is inevitable obvious in the silence after the speech Hayakawa compares any use of language to the practice of drawing a map of a physical territory Depending on how good the mapmaker is and his motivations that map can resemble the territory very reliably or not at all And from this simple metaphor he draws an impeccably conscientious account of the kind of things we do when we use language and the implications for us as actors in the world Someday I hope to have read it enough times that I can hold all the concepts in my head at once and provide something like a summary but until then all I can say is that than one of Hayakawa's descriptions rang true for me in a way that clarified things about myself and my world that I'd always suspected emotionally but never been able to articulate I think this book should be reuired reading in schools I think we should all take courses on how we use language why we use it those ways what it says about us that we do and especially how our ways of using language affect our ways of thinking and ultimately experiencing and behaving in the world


  9. Chris Wells Chris Wells says:

    There is a lot of common sense or should I say uncommon sense? in this book This book helped clarify what I already knew but failed to put into practice about the language I use to describe not just the world around me but myself I found the distinctions between descriptions inferences and judgments especially helpful However I find the structural differential of general semantic orthodoxy much helpful than the abstraction ladder though the abstraction ladder could serve as a good introduction to the structural differential please forgive the jargon but those who know about GS know what I'm talking about Anyway it is amazing for the sheer level of practicality clarity and some of the best non pretentious prose I've come across Strongly recommended to high school kids I wish I read it in high school


  10. Matthew Brown Matthew Brown says:

    Language in Thought and Action is one of the most insightful books I’ve read to date Hayakawa masterfully distills how we use one of the most basic human mechanisms words and the avalanche of implications that follows I can only wonder whether Hayakawa knew how ahead of his time he was when he authored this book as the lessons and themes within apply to an even greater degree now than they did when the first edition was released If you are in search of a deeper understanding of the use and symbolism of language look no further Hayakawa provides a map leading the way to critical thought and effective communication This book should be reuired reading for all but especially for those with the responsibility of sharing information via mass media If nothing else the perspective put forward in this book should serve to sharpen the lens from which you view the world around you


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Language in Thought and Action [PDF / Epub] ☂ Language in Thought and Action By S.I. Hayakawa – Thomashillier.co.uk In an era when communication has become increasingly diverse and complex this classic work on semantics—now fully revised and updated—distills the relationship between language and those who use i In an Thought and PDF Æ era when communication has become increasingly diverse and complex Language in Kindle - this classic work on semantics—now fully revised and updated—distills the relationship between in Thought and PDF É language and those who use it Renowned professor and former US Senator S I Hayakawa discusses the role of language in human life the many functions of language and how language—sometimes without our knowing—shapes our thinking in this engaging and highly respected book Provocative and erudite it examines the relationship between language and racial and religious prejudice; the nature and dangers of advertising from a linguistic point of view; and in an additional chapter called “The Empty Eye” the content form and hidden message of television from situation comedies to news coverage to political advertising.

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Language in Thought and Action
  • S.I. Hayakawa
  • English
  • 10 October 2016

About the Author: S.I. Hayakawa

Samuel Ichiye Thought and PDF Æ Hayakawa was a Canadian born American academic and political Language in Kindle - figure of Japanese ancestry He was an English professor served as president in Thought and PDF É of San Francisco State University and then a United States Senator from California from to .