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This review is from: How the Mind Works (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
In Pinker's acclaimed how the mind works we are given a theory, one I find very persuasive, that the mind is a product of the brain. Pinker takes us back to evolutionary biology and shows how the brain developed and with it the mind. He shows by example how the brain has key functions of it's own, such as calculating the exact amount of pressure the grip must apply when picking up delicate objects, but also more abstrusely how the mind, as a product of brain function carries out it's business more perfectly than any machine can duplicate, or can it?
Pinker gingerly points to the fact that our brains are exactly like modern day computers. They have both evolved over the years, computer technology far faster than the brains evolution and artificial intelligence is coming along great guns. It may not be long before they think like we do.
This is quite a weighty book and Pinker goes in to some detail of why the mind is a product of the brain, for that reason alone it is well worth pursuing as it is accessible to the lay reader and I found myself able to 'follow Pinker's argument to conclusion satisfactorily.
The only real downside to this is, 1) It is a little dated now and advances in neuroscience may have altered some of the theories laid out in this book (I personally do not know) and 2) It is a weighty book, which Can put some people off even starting, but please do make the effort if you are interested in the arguments over brain/mind connection.
Overall an excellent read for those with a general interest in how the mind actually works, but we must accept that some of this book may well be overturned down the line, if not already.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2011 13:40:16 BDT
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Posted on 22 Sep 2011 13:41:49 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
"...our brains are exactly like modern computers..."
Er, no. I don't think so. We don't even yet know exactly how our brains work. The analogy is false.
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