The Resource How the mind works, Steven Pinker

How the mind works, Steven Pinker

Label
How the mind works
Title
How the mind works
Statement of responsibility
Steven Pinker
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
  • In this book a cognitive scientist explains how the brain evolved to store and use information, allowing our ancestors to control their environment, and why we think and act as we do. 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. This work explains many of the imponderables of everyday life. Why does a face look more attractive with makeup? How do "Magic-Eye" 3-D stereograms work? Why do we feel that a run of heads makes the coin more likely to land tails? Why is the thought of eating worms disgusting? Why do men challenge each other to duels and murder their ex-wives? Why are children bratty? Why do fools fall in love? Why are we soothed by paintings and music? And why do puzzles like the self, free will, and consciousness leave us dizzy? The arguments in the book are as bold as its title. The author rehabilitates unfashionable ideas, such as that the mind is a computer and that human nature was shaped by natural selection. And he challenges fashionable ones, such as that passionate emotions are irrational, that parents socialize their children, that creativity springs from the unconscious, that nature is good and modern society corrupting, and that art and religion are expressions of our higher spiritual yearnings
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pinker, Steven
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP360.5
LC item number
.P56 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
QP360.5
NLM item number
.P56 2009
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Natural selection
  • Human evolution
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Human evolution
  • Natural selection
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychology
  • Kognitiv psykologi
  • Neuropsykologi
Label
How the mind works, Steven Pinker
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "First published as a Norton paperback 1999; reissued 2009"--Title page verso
  • "With a new foreword." -- cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 589-625) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Standard equipment -- Thinking machines -- Revenge of the nerds -- The mind's eye -- Good ideas -- Hotheads -- Family values -- The meaning of life
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Norton pbk.
Extent
xviii, 661 pages
Isbn
9780393334777
Lccn
2010286532
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)527702866
  • (OCoLC)ocn527702866
Label
How the mind works, Steven Pinker
Publication
Note
  • "First published as a Norton paperback 1999; reissued 2009"--Title page verso
  • "With a new foreword." -- cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 589-625) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Standard equipment -- Thinking machines -- Revenge of the nerds -- The mind's eye -- Good ideas -- Hotheads -- Family values -- The meaning of life
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Norton pbk.
Extent
xviii, 661 pages
Isbn
9780393334777
Lccn
2010286532
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)527702866
  • (OCoLC)ocn527702866

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