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    o • 'Presented with extraordinary lucidity, cogency

    and panache...Powerful and gripping ...To

    have read [the book] is to have consulted a first

    draft of the structural plan of the human psyche

    ... a glittering tour deforce'

    Hugh Lawson-Tancred, Spectator

    In this brilliant and controversial book, Steven

    Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive

    scientists, explains what the mind is, how it

    evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel,

    interact, enjoy the arts and ponder the mysteries

    of life. And he does it with the clarity and style

    that earned The Language Instinct worldwide

    critical acclaim and several major prizes.

    Pinker has a knack tor making the profound seem obvious A fascinating bag

    of evolutionary insights' Economist

    A landmark in popular science A major public asset' MarekKohn,


    A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty and clear. An excellent book'

    Steve Jones, New York Review of Books

    'Marks out the territory on which the coming century's debate about human

    nature will be held' Oliver Morton, The New Yorker

    'Pinker has a remarkable capacity to explain difficult ideas and he writes with

    the comic verve ol Martin Amis or Woody Allen ... Haw the Mind Works will

    change the way your mind works' Elaine Showalter. The Times

    Cover illu*rracion by Haw nil Subbiah

    Author photograph: Bethany Versoy



    ISBN 0J4491-3



    U.K. £9.99

    AUST. S 19.95

    (recommended) 78OU0M24


    'A witty, erudite, stimulating and provocative book that throws much

    new light on the machinery of the mind. An important book'

    Kenan Malik, Independent on Sunday

    'He has a great deal to say, much of it ground-breaking, some of it

    highly controversial... a primer in remarkable science writing'

    Simon Garfield, Mail on Sunday

    'As lengthy as it is, it will produce a book in the reader's head

    that is even longer. For it alters completely the way one thinks

    about thinking, and its unforeseen consequences probably

    can't be contained by a book Christopher Lehmann-Haupt,

    The New York Times

    'Witty popular science that you enjoy reading for the writing as well

    as for the science. No other science writer makes me laugh so much

    ... He is a top-rate writer, and deserves the superlatives that are

    lavished on him' Mark Ridley, The New York Times Book Review

    "The humour, breadth and clarity of thought... make this work

    essential reading for anyone curious about the human mind'

    Raymond Dolan, Observer ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Steven Pinker, a native of Montreal, studied experimental psychology

    at McGill University and Harvard University. After serving on the fac

    ulties of Harvard and Stanford universities he moved to the Mas

    sachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently Professor of

    Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.

    Pinker has studied many aspects of language and of visual cognition,

    with a focus on language acquisition in children. He is a fellow of sev

    eral scientific societies, and has been awarded research prizes from the

    the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological

    Association, a teaching prize from MIT, and book prizes from the

    American Psychological Association, the Linguistics Society of Ameri

    ca and the Los Angeles Times. His classic The Language Instinct is also

    available in Penguin. H OW

    THE M I ND


    Steven Pinker



    Published by the Penguin Group

    Penguin Books Ltd, 27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5TZ, England

    Penguin Putnam Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USA

    Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia

    Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 10 Alcorn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4V 3B2

    Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd, 182-190 Wairau Road, Auckland 10, New Zealand

    Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England

    First published in the USA by W. W. Norton 1997

    First published in Great Britain by Allen Lane The Penguin Press 1998

    Published in Penguin Books 1998

    13579 10 8642

    Copyright © Stephen Pinker, 1997

    All rights reserved

    The notices on page 627 constitute an extension of this copyright page

    The moral right of the author has been asserted

    Printed in England by Clays Ltd, St Ives pic

    Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject

    to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent,

    re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's

    prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in

    which it is published and without a similar condition including this

    condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser FOR ILAVENIL CONTENTS

    Preface ix

    J Standard Equipment 3

    2 Thinking Machines 59

    3 Revenge of the Nerds 149

    4 The Mind's Eye 211

    5 Good Ideas 299

    6 Hotheads 363

    7 Family Values 425

    8 The Meaning of Life 521

    Notes 567

    References 589

    Index 629



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