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  • ISBN 0140244913
  • ISBN13 978-0140244915
  • Language English
  • Author Steven Pinker
  • Publisher Gardners Books; New Ed edition (August 2004)
  • Pages 672
  • Formats docx lrf lrf doc
  • Category Math
  • Subcategory Behavioral Sciences
  • Size ePub 1910 kb
  • Size Fb2 1677 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 163

"Presented with extraordinary lucidity, cogency and panache...Powerful and gripping...To have read [the book] is to have consulted a first draft of the structural plan of the human psyche...a glittering tour de force" - "Spectator". "Why do memories fade? Why do we lose our tempers? Why do fools fall in love? Pinker's objective in this erudite account is to explore the nature and history of the human mind...He explores computations and evolutions, and then considers how the mind lets us "see, think, feel, interact, and pursue higher callings like art, religion and philosophy" - "Sunday Times".

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He explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life.

Pinker does an excellent job of explaining how the mind has evolved of millennia to solve the problems that humans faced before civilization.

This book deserved its spot as Number One on bestseller lists. It belongs on a short shelf alongside such classics as Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, by Daniel C. Dennett, and The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, by Robert Wright. Pinker does an excellent job of explaining how the mind has evolved of millennia to solve the problems that humans faced before civilization. I found the book to be very deep. It required me to read slowly to understand some of the passages.

How the Mind Works book. Pinker shows how natural selection has worked its way into every nook and cranny of the mind. absolutely fascinating. Good scholars know where to draw the boundaries between science and speculation. Chomsky has said that one can learn more about human nature from reading a novel than from scientific psychology. Every chapter goes into great detail about how our belief system developed, our vision, our reasoning abilities, our family structures, and our emotions.

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How the Mind Works explores every aspect of mental life, showing that our minds are not a mystery, but a system of organs of computation designed by natural selection.

Penguin Random House Audio. Penguin Random House Children's. How the Mind Works explores every aspect of mental life, showing that our minds are not a mystery, but a system of organs of computation designed by natural selection.

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. He explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life.

How the Mind Works (Penguin Press Science)

How the Mind Works (Penguin Press Science).

Steven Pinker, a native of Montreal, studied experimental psychology at McGill University and Harvard University. HOW THE M I N D WORKS Steven Pinker. After serving on the faculties of Harvard and Stanford universities he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Kagda
I saw (a picture of) a pond covered entirely with lotus leaves. If I had not read this book, I would have thought, "It's supposed to be beautiful but I just cannot like it." and immediately looked away searching for other beautiful images, having not known, no, better yet, not even had a slightest chance to hear the little voice in my MIND saying, "WHY do I not like it?"
Does this book really give the answers to these kinds of questions? Yes, he gives his answers. And they are satisfying ones, too, so the huge title How the Mind Works. However, I believe that the answers to the seemingly unsolvable questions are not as important as the road toward the answers, strangely, on every step of which, not at the end of them, there lay the Meaning of Life (the final chapter of the book) for me. And that meaning is one good one to live by.
Dream
I was really surprised to see how controversial Steven Pinker is for some people. Apparently, there is a lot of anger by some scientists. I'm not sure why. I'm not a scientist, but, I read a lot of science. It may be that he has very strong opinions that he defends well on controversial subjects. Maybe it is professional jealousy. He is free in his criticism of scientists he feels let politics influence them and it might be that this upsets some people who like them. What you get here is a survey of the psychology of the mind, and it is a pyrotechnical feat. The range of subjects, quotations and examples is astonishing. Will you learn how the mind works? Not really, because no one knows yet. But, you will get many insights into it, you will get myths shattered, suspicions gratified and more explanations than you can probably absorb. At least, I can't absorb it all.

It is not in my opinion as good a book as The Language Instinct, nor as good as The Blank Slate, which it resembles in some ways (I am reading them simultaneously, though I read TBS years ago for the first time, and you can't help but notice the cross-over). So, I considered giving it four stars. But, then I decided, it is such a powerful performance, and so well written, that it shouldn't get less than five stars just because he didn't surpass himself. I have another book of his on tap and I'm going to get right to it.

I will offer this minor criticism. Have you ever sat through a fireworks display that just never ended? It might have benefitted from a little tighter editing, but it seems like he just doesn't want to leave anything out. If he knows it, he want us to know it too.
Purebinder
This is a book to read to gain insight about your mental processing and how others process their observations and the reactions that follow. Situation awareness is a skill that requires deliberate effort to develop and improve. Understanding our own mental process helps to improve self-discipline and to weed out our bad habits that are self-defeating and time wasting distraction traps we all encounter in our daily lives,
Alsanadar
I had to read this book in college when studying Minds and Machines and fell in love with it. It's not an easy read, but worth every effort. Pinker explores a variety of different and difficult topics in a very elegant and entertaining, yet scientifically precise way.
Vispel
Great book. Pinker does an excellent job of explaining how the mind has evolved of millennia to solve the problems that humans faced before civilization. I found the book to be very deep. It required me to read slowly to understand some of the passages. It was definitely worth the time though.
Freighton
Well-written for the layperson interested in such matters. Do not, however, imagine this is a science text written for peer-review. It isn't. Pinker inserts his own view throughout the book, often relying on his own experiences reading the science literature or his own conclusions drawn from years of experience in the field of cognitive science and linguistics.

Fun and worth reading, particularly the sections on language.
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Although some reviewers think that this book does not tell us how the mind works, it certainly does that. We can explore our brain/mind from the outside, from what we think and decide and do. All this begins in our brain/mind, so it explains what is going on there. Other books, for example from Edelman and Tononi explore the mind from within (A Universe Of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination). Both books are not for the faint of heart!
This is a very mind opening book, with a lot of heavy concept that took me a long time to read and understand.
Steven Pinker is a genius and his argument about natural selection and how it shaped the very low levels of brain's neural network is on point.
This book is very informative for the average science fan who wants to know more about the nature of intelligence and the substance in our brain that makes us conscious.
I highly recommend this book.