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How the Mind Works Audiobook

How the Mind Works

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“Undeniably brilliant.” (Newsday)

"Big, brash, and a lot of fun.” (Time)

“Hugely entertaining.... always sparkling and provoking.” (Wall Street Journal)

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    Errol Saskatoon, SK, Canada 12-08-12
    Errol Saskatoon, SK, Canada 12-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting at times"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 11-29-12 Member Since 2015

    An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.

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    "A book that every thinking person should read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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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    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 10-07-12
    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "slightly misleading title"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roland SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 10-04-12
    Roland SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 10-04-12
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    "Life-changing book"
    Where does How the Mind Works rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3 ever.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fred APPLETON, WI, United States 09-22-12
    Fred APPLETON, WI, United States 09-22-12

    Just some dude.

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    "A must read for all carbon life forms."

    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!!!!!!

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    Jean-Philippe Préverenges, Switzerland 03-04-13
    Jean-Philippe Préverenges, Switzerland 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "not on target"
    What disappointed you about How the Mind Works?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another book on the mind, much shorter and I hope, much more to the point.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. de Jardine Wellington, New Zealand 11-29-12
    T. de Jardine Wellington, New Zealand 11-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Tim

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    "This was just too dense for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Simple, brevity.The whole thing was just too long.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Pinker again?

    I would listen to an abridged version


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mel Foster’s performances?

    Sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How the Mind Works?

    I would make it shorter


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    frajz 03-02-16
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    "extremely boring and not worth buying. "

    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. It is as interesting as watching paint dry in the dark

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    Cynthia Prevatte 10-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Most Boring and Outdated Book Ever"

    Written in the floppy drive era...yikes! Boring and outdated...so many newer books out there!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frederico 01-04-15
    Frederico 01-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very dated contents with a monotonous reading"
    Would you try another book from Steven Pinker and/or Mel Foster?

    From Steven Piker, definitively if more recent.
    I'm not sure about Mel Foster. He sounds interested in the contents he's reading but doesn't communicate that interest to us listeners. Also, he misses tempo and pauses in several places; an example of this is that he read quotes from authors and its author's name in a way that I couldn't understand it as a quote until it dawned on me that what I've just heard didn't make any sense in the flow of what I was reading and went back to listen again.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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