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How the Mind Works (Penguin Press Science) - Steven Pinker
How the Mind Works (Penguin Press Science)
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From bestselling author Stephen Pinker, "How the Mind Works" draws on the latest scientific research to present a blueprint for the most sophisticated machine on Earth: the human brain. Why do we laugh? What makes memories fade? Why do fools fall in love? Why do people believe in ghosts? How do... show more
From bestselling author Stephen Pinker, "How the Mind Works" draws on the latest scientific research to present a blueprint for the most sophisticated machine on Earth: the human brain. Why do we laugh? What makes memories fade? Why do fools fall in love? Why do people believe in ghosts? How do we recognize a face? "How the Mind Works" explores every aspect of our brains, showing that our minds are not a mystery, but rather a system designed by natural selection over years of human evolution. Whether looking at optical illusions or religion, Mozart or films, Stephen Pinker offers us a new way of understating ourselves. "Witty, lucid and ultimately enthralling". ("Observer"). "Powerful and gripping...To have read it is to have consulted a first draft of the structural plan of the human psyche ...a glittering tour de force". ("Spectator"). "Witty popular science that you enjoy reading fro the writing as well as for the science...He is a top-rate writer, and deserves the superlatives that are lavished on him". ("The New York Times"). "Pinker has a remarkable capacity to explain difficult ideas and he writes with the comic verve of Martin Amis or Woody Allen..." How the Mind Works" will change the way your mind works". ("The Times"). Steven Pinker is a best-selling author and Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for cognitive Neuroscience at MIT. Pinker has been awarded research prizes from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological Association, graduate and undergraduate teaching prizes from MIT, and book prizes from the American Psychological Association, the Linguistics Society of America and the "Los Angeles Times". He is the author of "How the Mind Works", "The Blank Slate", "The Better Angels of Our Nature", and "The Language Instinct".
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ISBN: 9780140244915 (0140244913)
Publisher: Norton
Pages no: 660
Edition language: English
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Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it
Yup, definitely one for the re-read pile! It's gonna take me a couple of more reads for everything to sink in because not only does Pinker cover so much territory but the concepts aren't always easy to grasp. Definitely a 5 star listen!
nouveau
nouveau rated it
4.0 How the Mind Works
Steven Pinker does for neuroscience/psychology what Jared Diamond did for evolutionary natural history, Rachel Carson did for environmental biology, Stephen Hawking did for physics etc etc etc. "the" name in a popular rewrite of brain science, Pinker's work is not absolutely even/mind-enrapturing (t...
XOX
XOX rated it
This takes me a long time to finish this book. Probably because I decided to leave this book at home and only read this at night.First off, Steven Pinker is as brillant as ever. He explains a lot of about our minds, and how common sense is not common. He compared the human mind with machine computat...
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4.0 How the Mind Works
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