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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The opening chapter presents the big picture: that the mind is a system of organs
of computation designed by natural selection to solve the problems faced by our
evolutionary ancestors in their foraging way of life. Each of the two big ...
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
Facts about the properties of neurons, neurotransmitters, and cellular
development cannot tell you which of these millions of programs the human mind
contains. Even if all neural activity is the expression of a uniform process at the
human mind is a product of evolution, so our mental organs are either present in
the minds of apes (and perhaps other mammals and vertebrates) or arose from
overhauling the minds of apes, specifically, the common ancestors of humans
ike many baby boomers, I was first exposed to problems in philosophy by
traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but
of mind, taking a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of ...
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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