How the Mind Works (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/6/22
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A provocative assessment of human thought and behavior, reissued with a new afterword, explores a range of conundrums from the ability of the mind to perceive three dimensions to the nature of consciousness, in an account that draws on forefront beliefs in cognitive science and evolutionary biology. Reprint.
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. No other science writer makes me laugh so much.--Mark Ridley
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.
Does this book really give the answers to these kinds of questions? Yes, he gives his answers. And they are satisfying ones, too, so the huge title How the Mind Works. However, I believe that the answers to the seemingly unsolvable questions are not as important as the road toward the answers, strangely, on every step of which, not at the end of them, there lay the Meaning of Life (the final chapter of the book) for me. And that meaning is one good one to live by.
It is not in my opinion as good a book as The Language Instinct, nor as good as The Blank Slate, which it resembles in some ways (I am reading them simultaneously, though I read TBS years ago for the first time, and you can't help but notice the cross-over). So, I considered giving it four stars. But, then I decided, it is such a powerful performance, and so well written, that it shouldn't get less than five stars just because he didn't surpass himself. I have another book of his on tap and I'm going to get right to it.
I will offer this minor criticism. Have you ever sat through a fireworks display that just never ended? It might have benefitted from a little tighter editing, but it seems like he just doesn't want to leave anything out. If he knows it, he want us to know it too.
Fun and worth reading, particularly the sections on language.