How the Mind Works

How the Mind Works

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by Steven Pinker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393334775

ISBN-13: 9780393334777

Pub. Date: 06/22/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

“A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear.” —New York Review of Books
In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us

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“A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear.” —New York Review of Books
In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness? ?How the Mind Works? synthesizes the most satisfying explanations of our mental life from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and other fields to explain what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and contemplate the mysteries of life. This new edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393334777
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
133,328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xv

1 Standard Equipment 3

2 Thinking Machines 59

3 Revenge of the Nerds 149

4 The Mind's Eye 211

5 Good Ideas 299

6 Hotheads 363

7 Family Values 425

8 The Meaning of Life 521

Notes 567

References 589

Credits 627

Index 629

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Plus: there is a LOT of information in this book. It goes quite a bit beyond just describing what we know about brain functions. It is very wordy and can be difficult to read in places. This is probably due to the authors effort to be comprehensive. Minus: Its a bit too speculative in some respects. I personally can only hold a few speculative theoretical contexts in my head at a time. I know that is not a problem for some. I also think the author perhaps overemphasizes the natural selection process, or perhaps better said seems to try to make it fit into nearly every aspect of everything. Otherwise the book is very informative. Not sorry I bought it