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How the mind works

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why do we laugh? What makes memories fade? Why do people believe in ghosts? Why do fools fall in love? How the Mind Works explores every aspect of mental life, showing that our minds are not a mystery, but a system of organs of computation designed by natural selection.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
ISBN: 9780141980782 0141980788
OCLC Number: 909298633
Notes: Originally published: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton, 1997.
Description: xx, 660 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Standard equipment --
Thinking machines --
Revenge of the nerds --
Mind's eye --
Good ideas --
Hotheads --
Family values --
Meaning of life.
Responsibility: Steven Pinker.

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Why do we laugh? What makes memories fade? Why do people believe in ghosts? Why do fools fall in love? How the Mind Works explores every aspect of mental life, showing that our minds are not a mystery, but a system of organs of computation designed by natural selection.

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'Powerful and gripping . . . To have read it is to have consulted a first draft of the structural plan of the human psyche . . . a glittering tour de force.' Spectator 'Witty popular science that Read more...

 
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