The Political Mind George Lakoff Summary

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In the first chapter of his book, The Political Mind, George Lakoff asserts that “[his] goal is to make the cognitive unconscious as conscious as possible, to make reflexive decisions reflective” (page 34). The author claims that it is a crucial matter, especially when pertaining to the political arena, where extremely important issues are at stake. Lakoff states that people’s live stories consist of narratives which surround individuals not only outside, but also inside—in people’s brains. According to the author, narratives might be simple or complex. In addition to this they have scenarios, roles, and a structure, also known as a frame. Discussing the “cultural narratives,” Lakoff states that other than some cultural peculiarities, the cores…show more content…
Even though there is no scientifically proven research about how this process works, most scientists agree that it is incredibly important. Highlighting the simplicity of binding circuity, the author asserts that it is able to create a new experience. Moreover, the circuity is able to create unique emotional experiences following one of the two pathways-- negative and positive. Armed with the knowledge about the brain mechanism, the author tries to figure out a phenomenon of Anna Nicole Smith. The main reason why this unknown waitress and single mom became an iconic figure is because her life symbolizes a variety of trivial narratives— starting with Rags-to-Riches, and finishing with a Troubled Life Narrative (page 34). The narrative of her life combines two opposing cultural narratives—the Gold digger and How to marry a millionaire (page 30). For some people, Anna Nicole appears to be a lovely, innocent, and educated woman who wants to fully live her life. The pretty woman tries to find her place under the sun in a brutal, male-dominated world. On the other hand, for some people, she is an emblem of sin and

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