How the Mind Works (Paperback)
"A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear." —New York Review of Books
In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness? How the Mind Works synthesizes the most satisfying explanations of our mental life from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and other fields to explain what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and contemplate the mysteries of life.
This edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.
About the Author
Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition; writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and The Atlantic; and is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.
Big, brash, and a lot of fun.
Hugely entertaining…always sparkling and provoking.
— Wall Street Journal
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 - New York Times Book Review
Alters completely the way one thinks about thinking…its unforeseen consequences probably can't be contained by a book.
— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt - New York Times
Pinker has a knack for making the profound seem obvious....A fascinating bag of evolutionary insights.
— The Economist