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  • Title: How the Mind Works
  • Author: Steven Pinker
  • ISBN: 9780393045352
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A fascinating, provocative book exploring the mysteries of human thought and behavior, by the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Language Instinct.The human mind is fantastically complex we often take its abilities for granted, yet few would argue that any amount of technology will ever duplicate human intelligence How does the human mind work How do we see in thrA fascinating, provocative book exploring the mysteries of human thought and behavior, by the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Language Instinct.The human mind is fantastically complex we often take its abilities for granted, yet few would argue that any amount of technology will ever duplicate human intelligence How does the human mind work How do we see in three dimensions Why do we fall in love How do we remember names and faces How is it, indeed, that we ponder the nature of our own consciousness In this bold, extraordinary book, Steven Pinker, one of the world s leading cognitive scientists and author of the widely praised bestseller The Language Instinct, tackles the intricacies of the human mind to decipher how we think, feel, and act Using reverse engineering determining what natural selection designed the mind to accomplish in a hunting and gathering environment Pinker explains how the mind stores and uses information, a process that allowed our ancestors to understand and outsmart objects, animals, plants, and each other.How the Mind Works makes sense of some of the bewildering aspects of everyday life, such as why is beauty important to us How is it that we are moved to tears or laughter Why do we feel that a run of heads makes the coin likely to land tails Why is self restraint so difficult This is a witty and compelling work, synthesizing the best of cognitive science and evolutionary biology.
    How the Mind Works A fascinating provocative book exploring the mysteries of human thought and behavior by the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Language Instinct The human mind is fantastically complex we often

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    1. This morning while swimming I thought of this book And I thought also of a conversation I had recently with a friend We were talking about human consciousness.Swimming is a perfect thing to do when thinking about consciousness While sliding along the water we are deprived of many things, in particular of the full powers of our senses There is very little to hear smellandtaste are also kept at bay what we can look at is reduced to a wall and a straight line on the floor of the pool and the pleasa [...]

    2. The book does not lack good qualities, but I generally dislike the technique of argumentation that is too often characterized by poor proof backed by a certain arrogance towards alternative explanations The chapter on the sexes is particularly shoddily presented The proof that Pinker refers to when trying to back his claims that simply put evolution and innateness alone explain the differences between the sexes when it comes to attitudes to sex the male hunter gatherer has logically a greater ch [...]

    3. I started this, listened to 3.5 hours of the audiobook s total of 26 and simply couldn t imagine continuing The first chapter 2.5 hours , which the author calls an opening brief , can in simple terms be seen as an introduction This introduction was not concise it was rambling and consisted of mundane generalizations It did not clarify how the book would be organized nor in precise terms what the author wished to show Nothing enticed me to continue To better understand the field of cognitive scie [...]

    4. I think this a great way of addressing a widespread misunderstanding about genetics, biological evolution and human thought behavior.Slight background story I was having a discussion with a guy on within his comments on his review of Why I Am Not A Muslim and eventually it came to this Myself It s a categorical mistake to think this about biological evolution To put it bluntly our genes are selfish, but we are not not necessarily, unconditionally so at least Him One last question, so how are we [...]

    5. This is a truly comprehensive treatment of the human mind Pinker delves deeply into the reasons why the mind has evolved to make decisions in the way it does There is very little discussion about the biology of the brain the book points out that a good understanding of the origins of human behavior requires descriptions at a higher level at the level of the mind, and how it evolved through natural selection Pinker shows how natural selection has worked its way into every nook and cranny of the m [...]

    6. This book was an amazing read I cannot get around the fact that it was written by one person, let alone one person with a lot of other books on the same topic, and yet provocative each time I loved the detailed and comprehensive outlook on each subject matter.It is not a textbook, It is a long essay that gives you a rational, up to date, coherent, general yet accurate, A frame for thinking about mind, cognition, and emotions, and also changes our day to day worldview about people in general The [...]

    7. I finally finished this book It took me far longer than I care to admit to do so On at least one occasion I lost interest and put it down for several weeks before coming back to it.I have a hard time putting my finger on exactly why this was the case It s not that it s bad in fact, parts of it are absolutely fascinating It s certainly not the writing Pinker is quite good despite a tendency to repeat himself frequently.I think it boiled down to two things for me, with both of them being closely r [...]

    8. This is a very readable and influential synthesis of the cognitive science view of the mind with that of evolutionary psychology The overall thrust is that the mind is a neural computer closely governed by feelings and desires that were shaped by natural selection for their adaptive value in the hunter gatherer lifestyle of our ancestors The book is lively, with lots of down to earth examples He holds your hand when wading through many technical subjects, faces disputes in a non dogmatic way, an [...]

    9. This book frequently gets rave reviews Whenever i sit down to read Pinker, i wish i were drinking again Here is an example of a typical quotation from this book that i could only follow if i were drunk The cobalt 60 nucleus is said to spin counterclockwise if you look down on its north pole, but that description by itself is circular because north pole is simply what we call the end of the axis from which a rotation looks counterclockwise This is in the middle of a discussion, in which he puts d [...]

    10. I read all bio determinist arguments, no matter how sound their science, as a mandate to return to the 50 s those halcyon days when men schnoockered their secretaries while women bought canned foods and tended the young Nonetheless, I loved this book The early chapters, especially on the computational theory of mind, are incredible Pinker is just unbelievably detailed and the linguistic spin he brings to the discussion of cognitive development is a great dimension The later chapters are of the [...]

    11. Very interesting 20 30 years from now, I think most people will understand that there s nothing magical about the mind , the soul , religion, art, men, women, or any of the other sacred cows that continue to hold back humans from understanding themselves.How the Mind Works was published back in 1997, but I didn t encounter any of the points that Pinker made in High School or Collage, up until 2000 Pinker focuses on a computational theory of mind , saying that the mind is a complex parallel infor [...]

    12. Let s be honest I will probably never pick up this book to finish it I began reading this because of my book club But, I didn t think I would finish it to begin with, and due to many circumstances, the book club will not be meeting for this book So, I have decided to put it down as one of those books I ll never finish.I didn t like most of what I read, not due to the subject topic, but due to the way Pinker writes His droning on on tangents and his shoving his philosophy, which is oh so right BT [...]

    13. HOW THE MIND WORKS 1997 Steven Pinker Pinker is professor of psychology and director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT He wrote a bestseller prior to this book, The Language Instinct I had great hopes of learning lots about recent advances in neuroscience and behavioral science from this book, but found only the same material wrapped in a different sets of analogies and references The author approached his topic via reverse engineering He explored the tools and systems that might [...]

    14. Alternate title How I can make up a flimsy evolutionary psychology excuse for everything people do, and look sort of like the lead singer of Foreigner while I m doing it.

    15. I have copies of the five mainstream books that Steven Pinker has released and am slowly working my way through them He is one of the world s leading cognitive scientists and is a professor at MIT I really enjoyed his first book The Language Instinct , so was looking forward to reading his second How The Mind Works I didn t enjoy this one as much at times it read somewhat like a textbook, which I attribute to the heavy subject matter However, I rated it high because of the wealth of research and [...]

    16. nwhytevejournal 1289334ml return return I was really disappointed by this book Pinker starts out by claiming that he will explain the origins of human emotions, aesthetics, and belief in the context of the latest findings of evolutionary and psychological research He does not really succeed in doing so It is a succession of moderately interesting research reports, linked together with a glue of neat one liners mostly other people s , but without really coming to a killer conclusion and indeed oc [...]

    17. Pinker s treatise on the naturalist mind looks like a science textbook, but the combination of computer programming and physiology laid on top of sociological metaphors and applicable understandings makes it a fantastic read His ability to diffuse archaic arguments about the nature of the mind without appearing argumentative is what defines him as a great academic, and his ability to explain things to individuals with only a high school education like me is what defines him as a great writer.The [...]

    18. This book covers the computational theory of mind and evolutionary psychology The former asserts that the mind is the computational product of the brain The later examines how many aspects of human nature can be explained as biological adaptations Both are crucial to understanding how the mind works Both are explained in exquisite depth read this is a very long book.Pinker gets one thing wrong at the end when he asserts what s known as the the hard problem of consciousness which his refers to as [...]

    19. 13h 2x Contents view spoiler 1 Chapter 1 Standard equipment Robot Challenge1.2 Reverse engineering the Psyche1.3 Psychological correctness2 Chapter 2 Thinking machines The search for intelligent life in the universe2.2 Natural computation2.3 The defending champion Replaced by a machine2.5 Connectoplasm2.6 Aladdin s lamp3 Chapter 3 Revenge of the nerds Get smart3.2 Life s designer3.3 The blind programmer Instinct and itelligent The cognitive niche3.6 Why us The modern stone age family What now4 C [...]

    20. A very good book, albeit not the quickest read ever.I ve read a few popular science books and have been disappointed when they seem to rely on anecdote than science ok, fine, what I really mean is I can t stand Malcolm Gladwell How the Mind Works certainly feels much solidly founded in science while still maintaining the how science fits into real life perspective of a popular science book.It s not a perfect book Given the enormous breadth of the topic that Pinker is attempting to cover, it s [...]

    21. So many great paragraphs that they make up for a few places where he gets lazy and spells out conventions As the number of notes I took goes, this book is a winner in addition to all its original content, it has the best summaries I ve encountered of many complex ideas theories He is remarkably devastating against standart social sciences and postmodernist thinking The book may get a little monotone in the technical chapters, but it s a must read for anyone interested in psychology, evolution, n [...]

    22. Language provides a window into the history of society, but this book also helps show how it has both formed and is a part of our consciousness and our own experience I think a huge range of people would enjoy this book for many many reasons Perhaps the only genre that would struggle with it would be possibly the very religious Otherwise pick it up and have a read you are going to love it

    23. Excellent Had to stick with it but was really rewarding Pinker is one of the brightest science writers, on par with Dawkins I hope to read books on evolutionary psychology, but for now this the clear leader on that subject.

    24. So happy to have finally finished this book It s a long and no an easy one but so worth it Nowadays we know how the brain works, we know how the parts are connected and what they produce in our bodies but we still know nothing of how the human mind works What parts of the brain makes us be aware of the world and ourselves are we really aware of ourselves do other animals with similar brains have different type of awareness why does our brain makes us enjoy sex how come we invented music, art or [...]

    25. This book explains how the human brain feels and thinks from an evolutionary biology stand point How we see, smell, hear, perceive, abstract and memorize has all been shaped by tangible survival needs of our ancestors However, the surprising and interesting part of the book is about how our emotions and social skills were also a product of evolution Even romantic love However, there was a point 60,000 years ago when evolution a very slow process that works over millions of years became secondary [...]

    26. Truth be told I didn t finish this book, but it was such an investment of time to get three quarters of the way through that I m taking credit for the whole read

    27. 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, and though I must confess that I skipped some of the technical examples in an effort to prevent my brain from breaking, Pinker s writing was for the most part clear and explanatory I learned a lot I would be interested to find out whether any of the specific evolutionary theories have become passe ove [...]

    28. This book started out great then dragged on The first 200 pages pair really well with Godel, Escher, and Bach The Eternal Golden Braid, by Hofsteder.

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