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Sunday, November 18, 2018

How The Mind Works - By "Steven Pinker"

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Any book called How the Mind Works had better begin on a note of humility, and I will begin with two. First, we don't understand how the mind works—not nearly as well as we understand how the body works, and certainly not well enough to design Utopia or to cure unhappiness. Then why the audacious title? The linguist Noam Chomsky once suggested that our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like. I wrote this book because dozens of mysteries of the mind, from mental images to romantic love, have recently been upgraded to problems (though there are still some mysteries, too!). Every idea in the book may turn out to be wrong, but that would be progress, because our old ideas were too vapid to be wrong. 

Content:-
Preface 
1. Standard Equipment
2. Thinking Machines
3. Revenge of the Nerds
4. The Mind's Eye
5. Good Ideas
6. Hotheads
7. Family Values
8. The Meaning of Life
Notes
References
Index

Author Details
"Steven Pinker" A native of Montreal, studied experimental psychology at McGill University and Harvard University. After serving on the faculties of Harvard and Stanford universities he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. 


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