You Are Not Human How Words Kill

Author:
Simon Lancaster
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BITEBACK PUBLISHING
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9781785904073
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You Are Not Human How Words Kill

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Revelatory new book about the dangers of misusing language. Author is one of the world's most acclaimed professional speechwriters and has written speeches for Prime Ministers, government ministers and CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world, including Unilever, HSBC and InterContinental Hotels.
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Simon Lancaster is one of the world's top speechwriters and foremost experts on communication. He is a visiting lecturer at Henley Business School, Cass Business School and Cambridge University. He writes regular columns for Total Politics and The Guardian, as well as providing expert commentary for the BBC and Sky News. His 2016 `Speak like a leader' TEDx talk has had 2 million views. He is the author of Winning Minds: Secrets from the Language of Leadership (Palgrave) and Speechwriting: the Expert Guide (Robert Hale Ltd), You Are Not Human is his third book. He lives in South Wales.
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No dark clouds literally blew in during the financial storm. No flowers actually bloomed during the Arab Spring. And when we save data to a cloud, our files don't really reside in a fluffy white mass of condensed water vapour. We use metaphor once every sixteen words. Using imagery to conceptualise abstract thought is wholly natural and has led to some of the greatest intellectual breakthroughs in history, from Adam Smith's `invisible hand' to James Watson's `building blocks of DNA'. But what if this power was turned against humanity? In Nazi Germany, Hitler depicted the Jews as vermin and 6 million people were killed. MRI scans show the brain struggles to differentiate between the literal and metaphoric, enabling the illegitimate to appear legitimate and good people to turn evil. Top speechwriter Simon Lancaster goes on a mission to find out how metaphors are being used and misused today. He finds that the same images reoccur, repeatedly, around the world. Such imagery is ubiquitous, crucially shaping and moulding the way we experience and view events. This book raises profound questions about the power of language and the language of power.
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