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.
Most chapters are brilliant, however a few are far too technical to understand at first go. But definitely very insightful.
Simple, brevity.The whole thing was just too long.
I would listen to an abridged version
I would make it shorter
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Pinker is articulate, brilliant and interesting as he leads the listener through a huge forest of cognitive research and evolutionary psychology. He explains as he begins that the fascinating features of our brain have evolved for two purposes: First, to help us reproduce as many offspring as possible. Second, to help us survive as long as long as possible. Any abilities that do not further these two goals are superfluous to our existence. It is a book I will probably read several times before I put it down for good.
Yes, obviously I can't read while driving to work.
He reads in an interested, engaged and clear to understand manner.
It made me think, think and realize things that have been going on all around my my whole life and I didn't realize.
I will listen to this one a few more time I think.
Top 3 ever.
This book has launched me into an existential crisis. I read it 6 months ago, and I'm beginning to come out at the other end. Pinker A few parts are tedious on audio (e.g. computational theory), but Pinker makes up for it with a great sense of humor throughout the rest of the book.
Just some dude.
This book is more than just how the mind works but also how mankind works. I found it OUTSTANDING!! This explains in plain English why we are who we are and why we act the way we do. This is a MUST read!! Great!!!!!!
If it were much, much shorter.
The title seeme more interesting than the actual book.
More than 1/2 way through, and still didn't have any idea where the book was going.
No point was being made. Just a string of thoughts. Kind of like Kurt Vonnegot's
No. He did an excellent job.
Maybe, if I could have held out longer, I'd have seen a point to it. But, life is way too short. On to the next book. (By the way, I only very rarely give up on a book.)