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"A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear." —New York Review of Books In this Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness? How the Mind Works synthesizes the most satisfying explanations of our mental life from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and other fields to explain what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and contemplate the mysteries of life. This edition of Pinker's bold and buoyant classic is updated with a new foreword by the author.
Explores how the brain learns, how it controls behavior, how it sustains damage and heals itself, and how scientists are searching for ways to keep it young and healthy.
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This book is an excursion inside the codes and schemes that mind uses in order to think. We know the efforts of making good guessing and the strain in solving complex problems. We also have experienced how difficult it could be thinking clearly when we are tired, anxious, hungry, or sleeping. Any second, in our life, our brain is literally flooded by a bulk of inputs, information, chemicals from lungs or blood, nutrients and vitamins from gut, or carbodioxide in a crowded environment. This book can be a pleasurable tool for understanding how we usually think and behave, but also what are the mental processes that generate biased thoughts, behavioural problems, or a difficult problem solving. Several theoretical models are used, and extensive explanations are given to make difficult concept approachable.
BASED ON THE WEBSITE AWARDED 5* BY THE UK 'MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION' ""'This is an illness caused by the fear of losing control. Ironically, we achieve exactly the opposite of what we set out to achieve - as when we are 'actually' in the process of 'cutting-off' from our thoughts, we then decide to take a second look or run away.'" - Will Beswick Description Has the 'secret of the mind' been uncovered as a by-product of one persons experiences/recovery from destructive anxiety? Will's 'C.O.P.A.S.T' (Concept of Primary and Secondary Thinking) shows that this book is more than just an account of personal triumph - but also a serious concept that can be applied to many situations in people's lives This book is dedicated to helping people, like Will, who suffer at the hands of panic. Using written testimoney will shows that the problem with both 'fighters'and 'flighters' - is that they don't realise they have a natural ability to cope - and thus, go further than they need to. With information taken from Will's very own website, this book aims to help those who suffers from panic attacks and OCD using email correspondances and instructive schematics to underline theories. This is a highly informative and very useful guide. About the Author I must admit, I didn't really know what I was suffering from when I was younger, but now I have a much more educated view of what has been a terrifying illness at times. I have created this book because I believe I have recovered from this illness andwould like to share my experiences. As I also have a major interest in sport, I can see panic disrupting 'performance'in many other walks of life. To this extent, this book may also helppeople 'understand' what is happening when they panic and how this can affect their performance in life.
Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mental processes are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, and that the explanation of our innate mental structure is basically Darwinian.

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