The book started out good and seemed to be on topic. Not long into the book it was no longer about the mind. This should have been titled "An Argument for Evolution and Natural Selection". Never seemed to get back to how the mind works. After hours and hours of why birds have wings and how we grew eyes I just shut if off.
If you want a good book on Natural Selection this is a great listen. If you want a book on the mind look elsewhere.
As an introduction to evolutionary psychology, this is a critical work. If the material comes off as dated (and it's less than twenty years old!), that cannot be the writer's fault. Much of the grounding theories are still valid, even as they've been enriched (and misused) between the time Pinker wrote it and now.
Narrator Mel Foster keeps us engaged, even through passages which were originally illustrated in the book. I did not suffer any lack of pictures.
How the Mind Works is one of the best popular science books I have ever read. I enjoyed it even more than The Blank Slate (which was written later, but I happened to read it before).
The book is very well written and the audio is very well read.
I loved all the little fun facts. Really the most interesting thing about the book. The reason why I've listened to it twice in a row.
The story is fine. I would say that some parts seems useless and lengthy for no reason. Not really Steven Pinker's usual writing self.
The narrator was find. Nothing particularly amazing to point out.
The most interesting facts about thoughts about the human mind.
This book says more about what the mind is not rather than what it is. Which is fine considering the topic the book tried to tackle.
From Steven Piker, definitively if more recent.
I'm not sure about Mel Foster. He sounds interested in the contents he's reading but doesn't communicate that interest to us listeners. Also, he misses tempo and pauses in several places; an example of this is that he read quotes from authors and its author's name in a way that I couldn't understand it as a quote until it dawned on me that what I've just heard didn't make any sense in the flow of what I was reading and went back to listen again.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
“How the Mind Works” delves into the process of thought; i.e. how it is tied to an evolutionary process and how it is common to all humans but emotively different in males and females.
In completing Steven Pinker’s book, it seems that some mind modules are inherited and others are learned. What seems puzzling is why Pinker suggests that the evolution of man and the way the mind works is near an end rather than a beginning or mid-point. Humankind has gotten this far through adaptive evolution, why will adaptation not continue to evolve? With a changing environment, it seems logical to believe that the human species will either adapt or parish, and knowing which will happen, is probabilistically unknowable. Are we headed for dystopia and extinction, utopia and eternal life, or happiness and a fulfilled life?
Without a doubt the most amazing book I have ever come across. Brilliant mind who can communicate his thoughts clearly and backs up his ideas with data.
too many lengthy discussions about research on visual perception for example, or too long on theory of evolution. The author seems happy to display an encyclopedic knowledge about various subjects connected to the question of "how the mind works". But he fails to bring out the essence, unless this is done at the end of the book - but I did not have the patience to listen to 40 hours of this material to get to this point, if it is there.
Another book on the mind, much shorter and I hope, much more to the point.