Everything we learn, know and understand is physical—a matter of brain circuitry. This basic fact has deep implications for how politics is understood, how campaigns are framed, why conservatives and progressives talk past each other, and why progressives have more problems framing messages than conservatives do—and what they can do about it.
George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard (1965-69) and the University of Michigan (1969-1972).
He graduated from MIT in 1962 (in Mathematics and Literature) and received his PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University in 1966.
A liveblog of this event has been made available via Lian Chikako Chang, a master’s student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
It was sponsored by the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) and the MIT Communications Forum.