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How the Mind Works - Steven Pinker
How the Mind Works
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"[How the Mind Works] marks out the territory on which the coming century's debate about human nature will be held."—Oliver Morton, The New YorkerIn this extraordinary bestseller, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, does for the rest of the mind what he did for... show more
"[How the Mind Works] marks out the territory on which the coming century's debate about human nature will be held."—Oliver Morton, The New YorkerIn this extraordinary bestseller, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, does for the rest of the mind what he did for language in his 1994 book, The Language Instinct. He explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life. And he does it with the wit that prompted Mark Ridley to write in the New York Times Book Review, "No other science writer makes me laugh so much. . . . [Pinker] deserves the superlatives that are lavished on him."  The arguments in the book are as bold as its title. Pinker rehabilitates some unfashionable ideas, such as that the mind is a computer and that human nature was shaped by natural selection, and challenges fashionable ones, such as that passionate emotions are irrational, that parents socialize their children, and that nature is good and modern society corrupting. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1997 Featured in Time magazine, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nature, Science, Lingua Franca, and Science Times Front-page reviews in the Washington Post Book World, the Boston Globe Book Section, and the San Diego Union Book Review Illustrations
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393318487 (0393318486)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 672
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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