Over the weekend The LA Times published a review by Douglas Hofstadter of Steven Pinker's new book The Stuff of Thought(The Times has put this behind a pay wall. You can still read it here.) Hoffstadter writes, appropriately, with the caution and insight of a scientist, disagreeing graciously where he sees fit. "Pinker exploits his wonderfully keen faculty for linguistic observation to pry open the human head and discover its secrets. Sometimes this technique works terrifically, other times not so well."