"[How the Mind Works] marks out the territory on which the coming century's debate about human nature will be held."―Oliver Morton, The New YorkerIn 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, 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 the New York Times Book Review, "No other science writer makes me laugh so much. . . . [Pinker] deserves the superlatives that are lavished on him." 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 the Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1997 Featured in Time magazine, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nature, Science, Lingua Franca, and Science Times Front-page reviews in the Washington Post Book World, the Boston Globe Book Section, and the San Diego Union Book Review Illustrations
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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 marvelously fun, awesomely informative survey of modern brain science. Pinker argues that Darwin plus 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 as Number One on 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.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.
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Descripción W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, 1999. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Paperback Edition. New 1st ed. paperback, 1st printing (1999), handsome new color cover w/ new edges & corners, immaculate text-block exterior, new uncreased binding, pristine interior handsomely printed on excellent paper w/ superb presentation of scholarly apparatus * 6.12" x 9.24" x 1.24", 0.94 kg, xii+660 (672) pp. * Preface (ix), Notes (567), References (589), Index (627) * In this extraordinary book, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, explains what the mind is, how it evolved & how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts & ponder the mysteries of life. "How the Mind Works" is a grand synthesis of the most satisfying explanations of our mental life that have been proposed in cognitive science & evolutionary biology w/ insights ranging from neuroscience to economics & social psychology. * "Readers of Pinker's earlier book 'The Language Instinct' will be delighted to see there is 'a new Pinker' . . . 'How the Mind Works' is just as literate: witty popular science that you will enjoy reading for the writing as well as for the science. Pinker is a top-rate writer & deserves the superlatives that are lavished on him." - Mark Ridley, The New York Times Book Review * Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1997 * Featured in Time magazine, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nature, Science, Lingua Franca, & Science Times. Nº de ref. de la librería 006304
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