In this delightful, acclaimed best seller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?
How the Mind Works synthesizes the most satisfying explanations of our mental life from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and other fields to explain what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and contemplate the mysteries of life. This new edition of Pinker’s bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.
©2011 Steven Pinker (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Undeniably brilliant.” (Newsday)
"Big, brash, and a lot of fun.” (Time)
“Hugely entertaining.... always sparkling and provoking.” (Wall Street Journal)
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. Looking for something funnier than Republicans bitching about Obama's handling of the economy they created and have done everything possible to keep from recovery hoping to beat the Democrats in 2012. Hard to beat that scenario.
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 While the ideas were interesting in the early 2000s, they're a bit out of date now.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.
Not a mainstream reader.
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.
Most chapters are brilliant, however a few are far too technical to understand at first go. But definitely very insightful.
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
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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.
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