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How the Mind Works Paperback – 26 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (26 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393334775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393334777
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why do fools fall in love? Why does a man's annual salary, on average, increase $600 with each inch of his height? When a crack dealer guns down a rival, how is he just like Alexander Hamilton, whose face is on the ten-dollar bill? How do optical illusions function as windows on the human soul? Cheerful, cheeky, occasionally outrageous MIT psychologist Steven Pinker answers all of the above and more in his marvellously fun, awesomely informative survey of modern brain science. Pinker argues that a combination of Darwin's theories and some canny computer programs are the key to understanding ourselves--but he also throws in apt references to Star Trek, Star Wars, The Far Side, history, literature, W.C. Fields, Mozart, Marilyn Monroe, surrealism, experimental psychology and Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty and his 888 children. If How the Mind Works were a rock show, tickets would be scalped for $100. This book deserved its spot at the top of the bestseller lists. It belongs on a short shelf alongside such classics as Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, by Daniel C. Dennett, and The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, by Robert Wright. Pinker's startling ideas pop out as dramatically as those hidden pictures in a Magic Eye 3D stereogram poster, which he also explains in brilliantly lucid prose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Undeniably brilliant.

Big, brash, and a lot of fun.

It alters completely the way one thinks about thinking, and its unforeseen consequences probably can't be contained by a book. --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

Pinker has a knack for making the profound seem obvious.... A fascinating bag of evolutionary insights.

Undeniably brilliant. "

Big, brash, and a lot of fun. "

Hugely entertaining . . . always sparkling and provoking.

Witty popular science that you enjoy reading for the writing as well as for the science.

Alters completely the way one thinks about thinking . . . its unforeseen consequences probably can't be contained by a book.--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

Pinker has a knack for making the profound seem obvious.... A fascinating bag of evolutionary insights.

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