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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opportunity in this century, and probably not in the next one either. There are, of ...
But the gap between robots in imagination and in reality is my starting point, for it
shows the first step we must take in knowing ourselves: appreciating the
fantastically complex design behind feats of mental life we take for granted. The
The Robot Challenge What does it take to build a robot? Let's put aside
superhuman abilities like calculating planetary orbits and begin with the simple
human ones: seeing, walking, grasping, thinking about objects and people, and
An intelligent being has to deduce the implications of what it knows, but only the
relevant implications. Dennett points out that this requirement poses a deep
problem not only for robot design but for epistemology, the analysis of how we
How would you design a robot to obey Asimov's injunction never to allow a
human being to come to harm through inaction? Michael Frayn's 1965 novel The
Tin Men is set in a robotics laboratory, and the engineers in the Ethics Wing, ...
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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