How The Mind Works

Paperback | June 2, 2009

bySteven Pinker

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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.

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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 ho...

Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.19 × 6.13 × 1.16 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780393334777

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Undeniably brilliant. — NewsdayBig, brash, and a lot of fun. — TimeHugely entertaining . . . always sparkling and provoking. — Wall Street JournalWitty popular science that you enjoy reading for the writing as well as for the science. — New York Times Book ReviewAlters completely the way one thinks about thinking . . . its unforeseen consequences probably can't be contained by a book. — Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (New York Times)Pinker has a knack for making the profound seem obvious.... A fascinating bag of evolutionary insights. — The Economist