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The Universe Within: A New Science Explores the Human Mind Hardcover – February 26, 1982

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (February 26, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671252585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671252588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was an Econ major until I read this book - I now have an undergraduate degree in cognitive science and a DPhil in neuropsychology. This book turned me on the fun stuff that is the science of the mind. It led me to Douglas Hofstadter, on to Oliver Sacks and a host of other authors and I was so influenced by it that I mentioned Morton Hunt in the dedication to my dissertation. Buy this book if you want to be captivated by what we are beginning to understand about how the mind works - how we think, remember and solve problems and engage in conversation.
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Hunt has done an excelent job in this book in discussing the field called cognitive science.I read this book in 1983 just after I had submitted my dissertation on J M Keynes's logical theory of probability at the University of California,Riverside.I discovered that there was nearly a one-to one onto correspondence between the major conclusions of cognitive science ,with respect to decision making ,reported in Hunt's book and the conclusions and analysis contained in chapter III and Part III of Keynes's 1921 A Treatise on Probability.There are five fundamental conclusions reported by Hunt.First,"Deductive thinking is an information-rearranging process..."while"...inductive thinking is an information-extending process...",(Hunt,p.157).Second,the most important form of reasoning is"...by analogizing from a set of similarities",(Hunt,p.158).Analogical reasoning is plausible reasoning based on degrees of likeness,similarity,and resemblance.It is reasoning based on a qualitative,comparative and/or interval estimate approach to probability that incorporates the mathematical laws of mathematical probability only as a limiting case.It must be pointed out here that Hunt fails to challenge the Tversky-Kahneman error that conflates probabilistic reasoning with the limiting case of mathematical probability laws.These laws are deductive in nature and not inductive(Hunt,p.184).Induction plays THE central role in understanding our world through learning by experience.Third,inductive thinking,while error prone,eventually leads to error correction.Fourth,"induction refers to those processes by which we group similar objects into categories,or recognize patterns that happen in some regular order",(Hunt,p.158).Read more ›
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This is the third time I've read this book. Fascinating as always. "Blink" is a good companion piece. Read these and you will change the way you think.
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Yep it is all of the fun questions that we need answering. And Morton tries to explain how and why. The back cover has a prominent selection that explains the book better than the introduction.

The prewired brain:
Improving your memory:
Do we ever totally forget anything?
How logical are we? Not very. How much does it matter?
Do you "pigeonhole" other people, experiences, events? Is it bad to do so?

Where children's ideas come from:
Solving new problems:
Mind over computer:

There are several illustrations and tests. No breakthrough theories.
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The overall cast was okay, this was/is a good book, it was fair mail time, and it was a good transaction
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