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.
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.
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.