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How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
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it was ok
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Pinker writes well, that is for sure. I loved his other books (The Language Instinct and Blank Slate). But somehow I am really struggling to get through this one.

The anecdotes and metaphors are mildly interesting. There are also a few interesting scientific tidbits here and there. But at 80-100 pages a piece, the chapters are just too long. On top of that, if you have read The Language Instinct or Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman), there's very little new here.

This book is also much more from the perspective of psychology than it is from biology or neurology. If you are interested in how the brain works, as I am, this book is not for you. If, however, you are interested in finding some better metaphors for thinking about thought, this might be interesting to you. As for me, it's 2 stars.

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Reading Progress

October 22, 2016 – Shelved
October 22, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
November 9, 2016 – Started Reading
December 6, 2016 –
page 308
December 18, 2016 –
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