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How the mind works

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.

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  • "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."
  • "Perché si va in collera? Cosa rende pestiferi i bambini? Perché ci si innamora? Insomma, che cos'è la mente? Interrogativi in apparenza semplici, ma per rispondere ai quali bisogna comprendere tutti quegli atti mentali che si danno per scontati: piangere, sorridere, capire le emozioni degli altri. Steven Pinker, studioso di neuroscienze cognitive, sintetizza le spiegazioni più esaurienti finora proposte dagli scienziati."
  • "Qu'est-ce que l'esprit? Comment a-t-il évolué? Comment nous permet-il de penser, d'agir, d'avoir des sentiments ou d'éprouver des émotions esthétiques? C'est à travers ces questions et beaucoup d'autres que l'auteur tente d'analyser les principales facultés de l'esprit: perception, raisonnement, relations sociales, humour, art, religion, philosophie, etc. Un ouvrage qui reste clair et accessible malgré son contenu spécialisé. [SDM]."
  • "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."@en
  • "In this book the author, 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."
  • "Resumen: compone una brillante sintesis, llena de audacia y humor, de las explicaciones mas sactisfactorias que se han dado de nuestra vida mental procedentes de la ciencia cognitiva y la biologia evolutiva a las que incorpora las principales aportaciones que se han hecho desde la neurociencia hasta la economia y la psicologia social.Pinker critica algunos habitos de pensamiento muy comunes hoy en dia, como pueden ser el feminismo de la diferencia o el anti darwinismo y defiende la universalidad de las emociones frente al supuesto de que no son mas que construcciones sociales."@es

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  • "Electronic books"

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  • "Comment fonctionne l'esprit"
  • "Hoe de menselijke geest werkt"
  • "Xin zhi tan qi"
  • "Cómo funciona la mente"
  • "Cómo funciona la mente"@es
  • "<&gt"@he
  • "心智探奇"
  • "Como funciona la mente"@es
  • "כיצד פועל המוח : מבט חדש על נפלאות החשיבה האנושית"
  • "Wie das Denken im Kopf entsteht"
  • "Kako deluje um : [duhovit in prodoren vpogled v delovanje človeškega uma]"@sl
  • "Como a mente funciona"@pt
  • "Como a mente funciona"
  • "Kako deluje um"@sl
  • "How the mind works"@en
  • "How the mind works"
  • "How the mind works"@pt
  • "Come funziona la mente"@it
  • "Come funziona la mente"
  • "How the mind works : [with a new foreword]"
  • "Jak działa umysł"@pl

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