- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Later prt. edition (January 17, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393318486
- ISBN-13: 978-0393318487
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 255 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a lively and accessible book, and Pinker tackles his enormously ambitious project with energy and humour. -- Times [London], Edward Platt, 21 February 1999
[How the Mind Works] marks out the territory on which the coming century's debate about human nature will be held. -- Oliver Morton, The New Yorker
About the Author
Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition; writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and The Atlantic; and is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.
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It is not in my opinion as good a book as The Language Instinct, nor as good as The Blank Slate, which it resembles in some ways (I am reading them simultaneously, though I read TBS years ago for the first time, and you can't help but notice the cross-over). So, I considered giving it four stars. But, then I decided, it is such a powerful performance, and so well written, that it shouldn't get less than five stars just because he didn't surpass himself. I have another book of his on tap and I'm going to get right to it.
I will offer this minor criticism. Have you ever sat through a fireworks display that just never ended? It might have benefitted from a little tighter editing, but it seems like he just doesn't want to leave anything out. If he knows it, he want us to know it too.
Pinker is constantly (confidently, convincingly) presenting plausible theories and then providing evidence that they are true. In at least one place, that confidence is misplaced. He speaks favorably of Frank Sulloway’s Born to Rebel theory that later born children are substantially more likely than firstborns to accept new ideas–because the later borns have to find a place in the world different from the firstborns. However, the theory is no longer taken seriously (Judith Rich Harris provides a nice explanation in Appendix 1 to The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do, Revised and Updated).
Many readers will feel that he has made similar mistakes in the many pages on “male and female.” He thinks that there are, on average, more differences between human males and females than just size and strength. My advice: understand what he has to say and compare it to your own experience and the experience of people you know. Be your own scientist testing his hypotheses.
Pinker is at pains to say that just because differences are natural doesn’t mean they are good or that we are a slave to them. A later book of his, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, argues that we have a capacity for violence (more male than female!) but that violent behavior has drastically declined over the course of history
Steven Pinker is a genius and his argument about natural selection and how it shaped the very low levels of brain's neural network is on point.
This book is very informative for the average science fan who wants to know more about the nature of intelligence and the substance in our brain that makes us conscious.
I highly recommend this book.
Because we are speaking about huge amount of content, he made most things very short, and the discussions not as deep as they should. The result is that I either agreed with him (most of the time) or disagreed with him (occasionally) but didn't learn much, and I cannot say that I see things in a different manner after reading his book. It also seemed that he presented opinions he disagree with, in a shallow manner that does not represent the common deeper arguments (a kind of a straw man's fallacy).
If you are new to some of the related fields and want to know a little about a lot, then I guess that you will find this book of value.