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5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly-recommended, 2 May 2010
This book ranks alongside "The Selfish Gene" in the small cadre of popular science books I would recommend that every thinking person should read. Elegantly and convincingly written, it makes a fine case for the instinctual nature of many aspects of human language and is an excellent rebuttal to those whose fear of "reductionism" (in particular, sociobiology, the attacks against which often verge on panic) leads them past the bounds of rationality and evidence. In particular, its demolishing of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis seems pretty devastating. Not impartial, by any means - the mark of the author's personality is stamped firmly on every page - but like Dawkins' books this makes it more readable, not less. Definitely a book that deserves to be widely-read.