Hoe de menselijke geest werkt

by Steven Pinker | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0393318486 Global Overview for this book
Registered by biba89 of Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on 1/8/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, January 08, 2006
Nederlandse versie.
Why do fools fall in love? Why does a man's annual salary, on average, increase $600 with each inch of his height? When a crack dealer guns down a rival, how is he just like Alexander Hamilton, whose face is on the ten-dollar bill? How do optical illusions function as windows on the human soul? Cheerful, cheeky, occasionally outrageous MIT psychologist Steven Pinker answers all of the above and more in his marvelously fun, awesomely informative survey of modern brain science. Pinker argues that Darwin plus canny computer programs are the key to understanding ourselves--but he also throws in apt references to Star Trek, Star Wars, The Far Side, history, literature, W. C. Fields, Mozart, Marilyn Monroe, surrealism, experimental psychology, and Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty and his 888 children. If How the Mind Works were a rock show, tickets would be scalped for $100. This book deserved its spot as Number One on bestseller lists. It belongs on a short shelf alongside such classics as Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, by Daniel C. Dennett, and The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, by Robert Wright. Pinker's startling ideas pop out as dramatically as those hidden pictures in a Magic Eye 3D stereogram poster, which he also explains in brilliantly lucid prose.

Journal Entry 2 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Was deze pil van zeshonderd bladzijden nou zo onsamenhangend geschreven of heb ik er zelf los zand van gemaakt, doordat ik er te snel doorheen ging? Dat komt wel vaker voor, als ik Nederlands lees blijft niet alles hangen.
Niettemin, ook na de los zand ervaring, ook na het idee dat ik er niet heel veel nieuws in ontdekte, ook nadat ik constateerde dat Pinker wel heel diep op sommige onderwerpen doorging, vond ik het toch de moeite waard.
Het is niet alleen over Hoe de menselijke geest werkt, maar ook waarom het werkt zoals het doet, liever gezegd hoe de geest gevormd is door de natuurlijke selectie.


Naar collegacrosser papaver, die niet journalt maar wel veel leest.

Journal Entry 4 by biba89 at Rijsterborgherpark in Deventer, Overijssel Netherlands on Thursday, May 07, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (5/31/2009 UTC) at Rijsterborgherpark in Deventer, Overijssel Netherlands



Tijdens de Dag van het Park, in de Bookcrossing stand

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