Daniel Dor

Daniel Dor, a linguist, media researcher and political activist, received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University (1996). He is currently head of the Dan Department of Communication, Tel Aviv University. Dor is the author of The Instruction of Imagination: Language as a Social Communication Technology (OUP, 2015) – a new theory of language and its evolution as a socially-constructed communication technology, designed by cultural evolution for the specific function of the instruction of imagination. The evolutionary model presented in the book has been developed in collaboration with Evolutionary Biologist Eva Jablonka. Dor has also written extensively on the role of the mass media in the construction of political hegemony. His (2004) Intifada Hits the Headlines: How the Israeli Press Misreported the Outburst of the Second Palestinian Uprising (Indiana University Press) was elected by Choice Magazine as Book of the Year in Communication. In 2011, together with Lia Nirgad, Dor founded the Social Guard, an NGO that maintains a constant civic presence in the Israeli Parliamenet (the Knesset).

Recent Posts

May 24, 2017 in Biology

The Evolution of Language and its Speakers

What separates us from the apes is a sequence of social and technological revolutions, one major change after the other in the life experiences of human communities. The emergence of…
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May 22, 2017 in Biology

Challenging Chomsky and his Challengers: Brian Boyd Interviews Daniel Dor

If you want to think about language and evolution, about language and experience, about language and almost anything, or about almost anything in language, then start, or start all over…
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