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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I will try to explain what the mind is, where it came from, and how it lets us see,
think, feel, interact, and pursue higher callings like art, religion, and philosophy.
On the way I will try to throw light on distinctively human quirks. Why do memories
To explain how birds fly, we invoke principles of lift and drag and fluid mechanics
that also explain how airplanes fly. That does not commit us to an Airplane
Metaphor for birds, complete with jet engines and complimentary beverage
Second, even if the facts had been established, the stories try to explain one
puzzling fact by taking for granted some other fact that is just as much of a puzzle,
getting us nowhere. Why do rhythmic noises bring a community together? Why
The school of Gestalt psychology tried to explain visual illusions in terms of
electromagnetic force fields on the surface of the brain, but the fields were never
found. Occasionally the brain surface has been described as a continuous
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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