How the Mind Works
"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 edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.
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But at the same time they are causes of physical events, as potent as any billiard
ball clacking into another. The computational theory of mind resolves the paradox
. It says that beliefs and desires are information, incarnated as configurations of ...
For most of this century, guilty mothers have endured inane theories blaming
them for every dysfunction or difference in their children (mixed messages cause
schizophrenia, coldness causes autism, domineering causes homosexuality, lack
The same problem arises for another unpredictable cause that has been
suggested as the source of free will, chaos theory, in which, according to the
cliché, a butterfly's flutter can set off a cascade of events culminating in a
Footprints carry information about animal motions, but they also trap water and
cause eddies in the wind. Now here is an idea. Suppose one were to build a
machine with parts that are affected by the physical properties of some symbol.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SpaceyAcey - LibraryThing
Pinker explains the computational theory of the mind in easy to understand prose for the layman. It's not all literature summarizing, he also inserts some of his own ideas on all sorts of topics ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - raschneid - LibraryThing
Very interesting, well-written, and comprehensive. I appreciated the overview of both computational and evolutionary psychology in one tome of a book; computational psychology is pretty much awesome ... Read full review