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How the Mind Works

How the Mind Works

Written by Steven Pinker

Narrated by Mel Foster


How the Mind Works

Written by Steven Pinker

Narrated by Mel Foster

ratings:
4/5 (79 ratings)
Length:
26 hours
Released:
Nov 8, 2011
ISBN:
9781455839674
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In this delightful, acclaimed 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.

"Undeniably brilliant." -Newsday

"Big, brash, and a lot of fun." -Time

"Hugely entertaining…always sparkling and provoking." -Wall Street Journal

"Witty popular science that you enjoy reading for the writing as well as for the science." -New York Times Book Review

Released:
Nov 8, 2011
ISBN:
9781455839674
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

One of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today," Steven Pinker is the author of seven books, including How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate—both Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners of the William James Book Award. He is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a frequent contributor to Time and the New York Times.



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  • There's still a lot of mystery into how the mind works, and how it's changing with the pervasiveness of new technologies, but renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker offers some fascinating findings and theories that will give you new insights into humanity.

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Reader reviews

  • (4/5)
    I like books that make me think. that tell me new things. that make me do connections i hadn't done. got all these wonderful sensations from this book.
  • (1/5)
    The audio file has an error and doesn’t play the book in the proper order, pity.
  • (3/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    How the Mind Works is my third Pinker and like his previous books this is witty, well written, insightful, and engaging. However I found this book to be a bit too technical for what I wanted to understand about the field of neuroscience and psychology, especially the chapter on visual systems. Pinker gets into every detail about the computational theory of the mind and really goes to great lengths to make his case. I also found his explanations of evolutionary biology to be helpful to my own understanding of the field. If you're looking for a broader read that applies this understanding to psychology, sociology, and philosophy I'd suggest reading The Blank Slate.

    1 person found this helpful

  • (1/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Very dated. Published 1997. Only listened to part of it.

    1 person found this helpful

  • (2/5)
    Very redundant and quite boring.
    Truly disappointed (Not fulfilling my mediocre expectations)
  • (3/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    I just don't like Pinker, often disagree with him, and find him arrogant

    1 person found this helpful