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.
Retired economics professor in love with Great Courses. Am on my 24th and looking forward to next.
The author explors the subject in many unique ways. He opens the reader's mind to show how it works.
His quirkey humor
The reader is excellent. Every word is clear.
A ride through the brain to explore the mind.
This is our second Pinker book. A gifted researcher, a brilliant mind, and an interesting writer.
The information needs to be updated to stay relevant. While the ideas were interesting in the early 2000s, they're a bit out of date now.
A documentary, yes, but again, not a sound one.
Putting books on the back burner.
Discovery Channel used to have Shark Week. PBS Nova should have a full month on "How the Mind Works" base on Steven Pinker's theories. While it was interesting to read, it was also frustrating to finish because the subject just got draining after a while.
Some of his examples, like family incest, almost became unbearable to read. I really wanted to skip that part because it seemed like Pinker went on for over an hour on incest. It just seemed like that they author was being infatuated on incest and I still don't understand how the mind works on this disgusting sexual taboo.
This book is hard to understand because there are so many examples that you will be overwhelm and after a while none of it makes any sense.
I still don't understand at what I read. There are far better books out there on this subject, like "The Mind and the Brain". That book has a better structure and course of plan to tell you what you need to know.
I was pretty bored with the first 2 or 3 hours of the book. It sounded like one long introduction. A lot of "People think this... yea but here's proof that it's not like that!" I think the first few hours were boring for me for 2 reasons: 1) it had a funny flow; but 2) I already knew a lot of the introductory stuff. I was getting ready to put it down, but then it got interesting.
If you're interested in getting insights into virtually every aspect of life and thinking, then this book is for you. It was very worth the slow start in my opinion and I most definitely would recommend it to anyone that's interested in the science, evolution, and meaning behind who and how we are as people.
It is far too long. I'm sure it would be great for those more interested in the topic but I was looking for a brief explanation of how the mind works. The start of the book was great but then went into far more detail than I was prepared to listen to. There are many parts of the book that are fascinating and some great humour but a chore to get through the tedious parts.
Simple, brevity.The whole thing was just too long.
I would listen to an abridged version
I would make it shorter