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mobi ð doc How the Mind Works 9780393318487 ✓ Steven Pinker ✓ ❴Epub❵ ❦ How the Mind Works Author Steven Pinker – In this extraordinary bestseller Steven Pinker one of the world's leading cognitive scientists does for the rest of the mind what he did for Heir children and that nature is good and modern society corrupting Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Publishers Weekly Best Book of Featured in Time magazine the New York Times Magazine The New Yorker Nature Science Lingua Franca and Science Times Front page reviews in the Washington Post Book World the Boston Globe Book Section and the San Diego Union Book Revie This book was an amazing readI cannot get around the fact that it was written by one person let alone one person with a lot of other books on the same topic and yet provocative each time I loved the detailed and comprehensive outlook on each subject matterIt is not a textbook It is a long essay that gives you a rational up to date coherent general yet accurate A frame for thinking about mind cognition and emotions and also changes our day to day worldview about people in generalThe only complaint I have is that this book could have used hierarchical structure

ePub è How the Mind Works ô Steven Pinker

In this extraordinary bestseller Steven Pinker one of the world's leading cognitive scientists does for the rest of the mind what he did for language in his book The Language Instinct He explains what the mind is how it evolved and how it allows us to see think feel laugh interact enjoy the arts and ponder the mysteries of life And he does it with the wit that prompted Mark Ridley to write in the New York Times Book R This morning while swimming I thought of this book And I thought also of a conversation I had recently with a friend We were talking about human consciousnessSwimming is a perfect thing to do when thinking about consciousness While sliding along the water we are deprived of many things in particular of the full powers of our senses There is very little to hear; smellandtaste are also kept at bay; what we can look at is reduced to a wall and a straight line on the floor of the pool; and the pleasant and refreshing water assuages our touch So even if we stop being ourselves since we are not in our natural medium we can however only be ourselves Consciousness runs galoreI actually read this book a while ago and I did so also some time after I interrupted my studies in neurobiology I had to stop because of personal reasons But I remember two things clearly about this bookThe first is that It was an excellent summary of what was known about the brain when the book was published and which I had been studying in detailed textbooks Alas I have not kept with further advances but my guess is that it is still a very relevant read todayThe study is very well structured as a survey of the various considerations on how the mind works and it is written in a very engaging style It is also engaging because it addresses our immediate and commonsensical concerns about how our mind works Why we forget how do we recognize faces what falling in love may entail what it is to laugh etcThe best part was the chapter on vision may be because to me that is one of the most magical powers of our brain How it can process what our light detecting organs perceive and create vision in its rear part is a phenomenon that defies our sensesPinker does not deal with language in this book because he devoted another book The Language Instinct How the Mind Creates Languagewhich I have not read yet He designed them to complement each otherThe second thing I remember is the conclusion After examining scientifically the various abilities of the brain Pinker finally gets to the idea of Consciousness the most perplexing aspect of the brain But then he gives up and admits that our human capacities are unable to understand how consciousness has come to be nor what it is He proposes that probably only an entity with higher abilities than those of our brain would be able to look down upon human Consciousness and understand what it is does he mean a god or a machine or martiansOf course so far he is completely right No one has as yet been able to explain Consciousness satisfactorily and it has been approached from a myriad of fields Is Consciousness created or has it evolved Is it only in our bodies and therefore mortal or can it transmigrate What is it anyway So the missing star is not because of what Pinker has written in this book but for its title He does not really explain fully what he promises how our mind works In any case I am going swimming tomorrow again and my Consciousness is delighted with the idea even if it does not know what it self is

Steven Pinker ô How the Mind Works book

How the Mind WorksEview No other science writer makes How the Kindle me laugh so much Pinker deserves the superlatives that are lavished on him  The arguments in the book are as bold as its title Pinker rehabilitates some unfashionable ideas such as that the mind is a computer and that human nature was shaped by natural selection and challenges fashionable ones such as that passionate emotions are irrational that parents socialize t This is a truly comprehensive treatment of the human mind Pinker delves deeply into the reasons why the mind has evolved to make decisions in the way it does There is very little discussion about the biology of the brain; the book points out that a good understanding of the origins of human behavior reuires descriptions at a higher level at the level of the mind and how it evolved through natural selection Pinker shows how natural selection has worked its way into every nook and cranny of the mind absolutely fascinating Every chapter goes into great detail about how our belief system developed our vision our reasoning abilities our family structures and our emotions Pinker describes how our minds are similar to computers and neural networks and how they are different I've read other books by Pinker and they are all great Highly recommended to every human with a mind