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The mind club : who thinks, what feels, and why it matters

Author: Daniel M Wegner; Kurt James Gray
Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From dogs to gods, the science of understanding mysterious minds--including your own. Nothing seems more real than the minds of other people. When you consider what your boss is thinking or whether your spouse is happy, you are admitting them into the "mind club." It's easy to assume other humans can think and feel, but what about a cow, a computer, a corporation? What kinds of mind do they have? Daniel M. Wegner  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wegner, Daniel M., 1948-
Mind club.
New York, NY : Viking, [2016]
(DLC) 2016004465
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel M Wegner; Kurt James Gray
ISBN: 9780670785834 0670785830 9780143110026 0143110020
OCLC Number: 913136016
Description: viii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Welcome to the club --
The animal --
The machine --
The patient --
The enemy --
The silent --
The group --
The dead --
God --
The self.
Responsibility: Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray.
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"From dogs to gods, the science of understanding mysterious minds--including your own. Nothing seems more real than the minds of other people. When you consider what your boss is thinking or whether your spouse is happy, you are admitting them into the "mind club." It's easy to assume other humans can think and feel, but what about a cow, a computer, a corporation? What kinds of mind do they have? Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray are award-winning psychologists who have discovered that minds--while incredibly important--are a matter of perception. Their research opens a trove of new findings, with insights into human behavior that are fascinating, frightening and funny. The Mind Club explains why we love some animals and eat others, why people debate the existence of God so intensely, how good people can be so cruel, and why robots make such poor lovers. By investigating the mind perception of extraordinary targets--animals, machines, comatose people, god--Wegner and Gray explain what it means to have a mind, and why it matters so much. Fusing cutting-edge research and personal anecdotes, The Mind Club explores the moral dimensions of mind perception with wit and compassion, revealing the surprisingly simple basis for what compels us to love and hate, to harm and to protect"--

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