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How the Mind Works

šŸ“š How the Mind Works
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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 1994 book,Ā 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 theĀ New York Times Book Review, “No other science writer makes me laugh so much. . . . [Pinker] deserves the superlatives that are lavished on him.”Ā  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 their children, and that nature is good and modern society corrupting. Winner of theĀ Los Angeles Times Book PrizeĀ AĀ New York TimesĀ Notable Book of the Year andĀ Publishers WeeklyĀ Best Book of 1997 Featured inĀ TimeĀ magazine, theĀ New York Times Magazine,Ā The New Yorker,Ā Nature, Science,Ā Lingua Franca, andĀ Science TimesĀ Front-page reviews in theĀ Washington Post Book World, theĀ Boston Globe Book Section, and theĀ San Diego Union Book Review