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How the Mind Works | [Steven Pinker]

How the Mind Works

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, 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?
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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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    Pat Houston, TX, United States 11-29-12
    Pat Houston, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060

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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.

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    doug APPLETON, WI, United States 09-22-12
    doug APPLETON, WI, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2015

    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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    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 03-18-14
    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Personal Opinion: Surprisingly not interesting"

    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.

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    Fabric Keeper Massachusetts 10-14-13
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    "couldn't get interested"
    Would you try another book from Steven Pinker and/or Mel Foster?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something from my suggested reading list


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mel Foster?

    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.


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    Joseph A. Vanore Bloomington, IN 10-11-13
    Joseph A. Vanore Bloomington, IN 10-11-13 Member Since 2014

    Joe Vanore

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    "More Argumentative than Informative"

    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.

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    Netherda Santa Rosa, CA, United States 09-22-13
    Netherda Santa Rosa, CA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Caution - book refers to visual references"

    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.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 07-12-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 07-12-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Mind altering read"

    Another interesting read by Pinker. Layman's look at neuroscience and evolutionary biology to understand why people think and act the way they do.

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    Scott 05-14-13
    Scott 05-14-13

    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.

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    "Great descriptions of vast academic knowledge."

    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

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