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How the Mind Works

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I still don't know how the mind works, but who cares! It works!

Pinker is overwhelmingly entertaining. Everything he says explains something about the society of feelings, about the seeming chaos of mind, about the meaning of life. I don¿t care whether Pinker got it right about our minds. At least we know how his mind works! Gisela...
Pinker is overwhelmingly entertaining. Everything he says explains something about the society of feelings, about the seeming chaos of mind, about the meaning of life. I don¿t care whether Pinker got it right about our minds. At least we know how his mind works! Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?

posted by Anonymous on August 24, 2003

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Bait and switch writing

The title of this book, while undoubtedly geared to sell copies, is a vast overstatement of what Mr. Pincker is actually selling. In fact, what we laymen generally refer to as 'mind'--the feeling of sentience and the sense of 'I'--are precisely the faculties that Mr. P...
The title of this book, while undoubtedly geared to sell copies, is a vast overstatement of what Mr. Pincker is actually selling. In fact, what we laymen generally refer to as 'mind'--the feeling of sentience and the sense of 'I'--are precisely the faculties that Mr. Pincker admits are currently beyond scientific explanation, indeed which he admits it may be impossible for science to adequately explain. But those admissions are late in the book, while most of the book discusses the current knowledge about how the brain constructs the world from sensory input and how it calculates (thus the bait and switch title to this review). Those descriptions of what science currently knows are actually very informative and worth the price of the book, had the book been adequately edited by the publishing company to remove the grandiose claims and disjointed digressions. Mr. Pincker also trots out a number of old straw men--such as the nonsensical 'Standard Social Science Model'--and then proceeds to cut them down with glee, followed by a wink and a nod to the reader to let us see how very clever he is. So, if you are a good skimmer of books, buy this and pick out the important information. If you are looking for an enjoyable read, then look elsewhere.

posted by Anonymous on April 3, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    Boring read

    It takes quite a talent to turn a fascinating subject into such a chore to read. The analogies, digressions and arcane references from unrelated fields are without end. This amounts to the worst of both world a bloated and meandering literary style coupled with an egghead inability to see the woods for the trees.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2006

    Ridiculous

    This book was full of information, but at a level that is beyond what many can grasp. It was difficult to read and understand. Not only that but he repeated himself over and over again. He used 565 pages to write about something that he could have written in less then 100 pages in laymen terms. He tried to hard to prove his point by making it more intricate then what it really is. His ideas great his presentation needs serious work. I do not recommend this book at all, if you really want to learn how the mind works look somewhere else. Reading this book is just a waist of time.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2004

    UMMMMMM... NO

    dude... This book is nothing but long, complicated, boring, pages after pages of torture. Sometimes you have to read these thick paragraphs over and over until you understand it. You also have to understand everything in every page because he will use it for the rest of the book. I got 1/4 through chapter 2 before i lost interest and quit reading it. I highly recommend you dont read it. Read the Bible instead..

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    Posted July 8, 2011

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