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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner of heavyweight ideas.
The two leitmotifs of this stimulating book are "the computational theory of mind" and the theory that the mind is an array of "mental organs" that have evolved through natural selection. Kind of like Babbage and Turing meet Darwin and Dawkins. Pinker pulls together material from many sources to illustrate these theories and weaves them together into a compelling...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, but far too one-sided
Steven Pinker starts this book by informing us that we DON'T know how the mind works, and that he hasn't found out how the mind works either; which is perhaps a stab at irony (not covered in the part on humour), or simply a bad book title. Pithy comments aside, this is a long but engaging read, which covers not only a lot of theory but investigates many ideas thoroughly...
Published on 27 Oct. 2000


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great seller, 17 May 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort of concentrating to read., 28 Dec. 2000
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This book covers a lot of in depth scientific knowledge in a fairly accessible way, although it does take some effort to understand all of it. A great book to accompany a psychology course, or just for a good, thought provoking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 April 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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Great product, Pinker is a genius.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - a truly fascinating and engaging text, 23 April 1999
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This book is a wonderful reference and a truly interesting and engaging story of the mind at work and play. Well worth a read.
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17 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FACINATING, 1 Jan. 2003
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This book is a facinating study of human nature on an individual psychological and physiological scale. Not to mention psychological. It is crammed with statistics and facts I never knew. Not boring ones, but really interesting ones. And it's funny. The guy has a sense of humor. If your looking to understand yourself and how your mind works, then get this book. Another book I would recommend that is along this genre is called, The Little Guide To Happiness. It too explores the psychology of how we work in a humorous and enlightened way. Plus it's funny too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Jan. 2015
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very good product
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27 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How the Mind Works - an analogy for a review, 22 April 2005
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This is a book (also available in audio-book) which can best be described with an analogy:
It is like a book titled "How a clock works". There are many details about gears, and the history of gears, and the idea behind the gear. There are some witty remarks and examination of the history of the STUDY of gears. There are a few off-hand remarks about springs and their uses in other devices. And there is a thoroughly dull discussion of the history of the study of the analysis of the evolution of the possible ideas about time and time-keeping, in the 4th person, removed twice.
But it never tells you anything about how a clock works...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of How the Mind Works, 17 Feb. 1999
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A really well written, humorous book which explores all the aspects of the mind, going beyond simply scientific analysis. The best book of its type that I have read yet. Buy it!
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