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.
a better title for this book would havve been, "What the brain does." if you don't think my suggested title is any different from the actual one, this would be a good book for you. if you think that my title and the actual one are indeed different, then you probably already know all the info in this book.
this is a good book, but it's aimed more at people just begining to explore what's happening inside a persons skull. it's well presented, though a bit long on examples. my only real gripe is that the author tends to make the same point several times before moving on to the next one. but then so did all my teachers in high school. i listened to this book on my android at x1.5 speed which made it much better to listen to. at regular speed the narration is a might slow, but maybe that's just me. well read, just needed to pick up the pace a bit.
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!!!!!!
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
I love Steven Pinker but for some reason, this book didn't charm me. Some stories were interesting, but somewhere along the way, I quit listening.
Something from my suggested reading list
No clue, but someone who doesn't sound like they're just reading the words on the page. This guy didn't seem to know what he was saying was about.
The title of this book is somewhat misleading - if you're expecting a straightforward overview of the brain's functions and features, look elsewhere. More than anything else, How the Mind Works is an argument for a particular way of looking at the mind - namely through the lens of evolutionary psychology. Pinker describes in detail the concept of natural selection and how it helps explain the nature of the human mind. All of this is explained eloquently, and with enough pop culture references to keep you from getting bored. While there's really nothing wrong with the book per se, evolutionary psychology is an idea that I was already sold on, so I didn't personally take much from Pinker's treatment of it. If you're on the fence about whether to buy this book, just know what you're getting into. I suspect the people that will take the most from it are those who are less certain about natural selection and/or evolutionary psychology, but open to hearing the arguments in favor of it. This could very well be the book that changes your mind.
The performance is fine, but throughout, the text makes references to pictures, illustrations and other visual aids which the listener cannot see.
It's frustrating and detracts from the book. I could not finish it.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Another interesting read by Pinker. Layman's look at neuroscience and evolutionary biology to understand why people think and act the way they do.
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
Another of Pinker's awesome books. This book synthesizes and describes studies of the human mind. Academic disciplines such as biology, psychology, cognitize science, and the arts are categorized with examples of how knowledge of human capabilities has been built. Topics such as language and speech, visual phenomena, logic and reasoning, quantative measurement making, likes and dislikes, social science, art appreciation, and philosophy are covered. The vast range of topics, and Pinker's unique way of describing things, make this an awesome book for both educational and personal knowledge development