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)
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 While the ideas were interesting in the early 2000s, they're a bit out of date now.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.
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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
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
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.
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