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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pinker Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this delightful, acclaimed best seller, 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 new edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Damien | 2/11/2014

    " could be rearranged a bit to make the more intuitive elements of cognitive function more towards the front and then delve into the structural and electrochemical aspects of neural networks. But the latter sections about social cognition and evolutionary psychology are fascinating "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Broodingferret | 2/6/2014

    " This book was very well done. While the subject material is complex, Pinker's writing style is quite clear and detailed. He also imbues his material with wit and humor, which saves it from becoming just another dry academic treatise on neurology. While it doesn't possess the detail of an actual academic course, How the Mind Works is a good source for a basic introduction into evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maura | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting book but all I did was dip in and out of various chapters. I was just trying to do too many other things at the time to give it the attention it deserved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Noah | 2/1/2014

    " This book is difficult to digest, and you have to read with unusual focus (there's no filler here), but Pinker is able to write just accessibly enough that you can really appreciate what he's saying. If you're curious about this sort of thing, this book is a great place to start. I can also pretty much guarantee that you won't find a book with more instances of the word "cuckold." "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”