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How The Mind Works

by Steven Pinker

WW Norton | May 27, 2009 | Trade Paperback

How The Mind Works is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
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 new edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: May 27, 2009

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393334775

ISBN - 13: 9780393334777

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Analogy for a Review This is a book (also available in audio-book) which can best be described with an analogy: It is like a book titled How a clock works . There are many details about gears, and the history of gears, and the idea behind the gear. There are some witty remarks and examination of the history of the STUDY of gears. There are a few off-hand remarks about springs and their uses in other devices. And there is a thoroughly dull discussion of the history of the study of the analysis of the evolution of the possible ideas about time and time-keeping, in the 4th person, removed twice. But it never tells you anything about how a clock works... It IS passable as a history of psychology....
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I've been thinking about human behavior ever since I read this book. It's one of the best books on the subject I have read. It sheds a new light onto the reasons behind why we do what we do.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the Mind Works As an extension of The Language Instinct - How the Mind works is a supurb work by Pinker. Beautiful examples and splendid illustrations of some very hairy topics. The BEST book I have ever read!
Date published: 2014-10-28

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How The Mind Works

by Steven Pinker

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: May 27, 2009

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393334775

ISBN - 13: 9780393334777

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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 new edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.

About the Author

Steven Pinker is an authority on language and the mind. He is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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