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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: A profound thinker, scholarly author, and leading cognitive scientist, Jonathan Evans, offers a brilliant new theory on the processes involved in human reasoning and judgment. The two minds hypothesis is a breakthrough in understanding the way in which humans make decisions and act on those decisions. This fascinating book takes an in-depth look at the higher functions of the brain that control our behavior, and explains the ideas and rationale behind the hypothesis that there are two minds actively at work in our brains.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer an overview of the dual process theories of higher cognition and to introduce the author's two minds hypothesis, which is a direct result of a three-year sabbatical during which he worked exclusively on the research for this theory.
Audience: The book is intended to make the ideas and concepts easy to understand for lay people as well as a scholarly audience. Anyone in academia or psychological and philosophical research and lay people who wish to know more about theories of conscious and unconscious thought and behaviors will find this book very accessible.
Features: The author proposes that there are two minds in one brain, capable of two distinctly different ways of knowing, two ways of thinking, and two ways of acting. The author explains his hypothesis, as well as the evolutionary foundations of the brain, covering topics such as reasoning and imagination, cognition, and human ways of knowing and deciding. Featured throughout are contributions from the author's research and experience, as well as from leading theorists and behavioral researchers, on how much of our behavior is controlled by two distinct cognitive systems.
Assessment: As the definitive authority on dual processes of the brain, the author explains a groundbreaking theory of profound implications for understanding how the mind processes information and how we act as a result of those cognitive processes. One mind is an evolutionary newer mind which helps us to think in abstract, hypothetical ways, while the second, much older mind controls emotion and intuition. Scholarly in content, yet easy to read, this is an absolutely fascinating book for anyone is interested in the way cognitive processes are directly connected to our actions. This is a must-read book for graduate students in the social sciences.