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              Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

              Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Trade Paperback / Paperback, FME)

              By Pinker, Steven

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              Humans today are often portrayed as cavemen out of time, poised to react to a lion in the grass with a suite of biases, blind spots, and illusions. But cognitive scientist and rational optimist Steven Pinker argues that this cannot be the whole picture. A list of the ways in whic...h we are stupid cannot explain how we're so smart: how we discovered the laws of nature, transformed the planet, and lengthened and enriched our lives. Indeed, if humans were fundamentally irrational, how did they discover the benchmarks for rationality against which humans fall short? The topic could not be more timely. In the 21st century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding - and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that sequenced the genome and detected the Big Bang produce so much fake news, conspiracy theories, and 'post-truth' rhetoric? Rationality explains the key tools for rational thinking, guiding the reader through the basics of logic, critical thinking, probability, correlation and causation, and helping us to make rational choices alone and with others. Rationality matters. As the world reels from foolish choices made in the past and dreads a future that may be shaped by senseless choices in the present, rationality may be the most important asset that citizens and influencers command. Steven Pinker, the great defender of human progress, having documented how the world is not falling apart, now shows how we can enhance rationality in our lives and in the public sphere. Rationality is the perfect toolkit to seize our own fates.
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              ISBN 9780241380284
              Released NZ 28 Sep 2021
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

              Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Hardback)

              By Pinker, Steven

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              Humans today are often portrayed as cavemen out of time, poised to react to a lion in the grass with a suite of biases, blind spots, and illusions. But cognitive scientist and rational optimist Steven Pinker argues that this cannot be the whole picture. A list of the ways in whic...h we are stupid cannot explain how we're so smart: how we discovered the laws of nature, transformed the planet, and lengthened and enriched our lives. Indeed, if humans were fundamentally irrational, how did they discover the benchmarks for rationality against which humans fall short? The topic could not be more timely. In the 21st century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding - and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that sequenced the genome and detected the Big Bang produce so much fake news, conspiracy theories, and 'post-truth' rhetoric? Rationality explains the key tools for rational thinking, guiding the reader through the basics of logic, critical thinking, probability, correlation and causation, and helping us to make rational choices alone and with others. Rationality matters. As the world reels from foolish choices made in the past and dreads a future that may be shaped by senseless choices in the present, rationality may be the most important asset that citizens and influencers command. Steven Pinker, the great defender of human progress, having documented how the world is not falling apart, now shows how we can enhance rationality in our lives and in the public sphere. Rationality is the perfect toolkit to seize our own fates.
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              ISBN 9780241380277
              Released NZ 28 Sep 2021
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
               

              The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature (Paperback)

              By Pinker, Steven

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              Analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. This book shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought that have been shaped by evolutionary hi...story. It also explores the emotional impact of language.
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              ISBN 9780141015477
              Released NZ 1 Sep 2008
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Penguin Press Science
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              Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

              Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Paperback)

              By Pinker, Steven

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              Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendl...ines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. This is the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century.
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              ISBN 9780141979090
              Released NZ 8 Jan 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              Visual Cognition
               

              Visual Cognition (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

              Edited by Pinker, Steven

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              These essays tackle some of the central issues in visual cognition, presenting experimental techniques from cognitive psychology, new ways of modeling cognitive processes on computers from artificial intelligence, and new ways of studying brain organization from neuropsychology.

              ISBN 9780262661782
              Released NZ 15 Dec 1985
              Publisher MIT Press Ltd
              Interest Age 18+ years
              Series Mit Press
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              Language, Cognition, and Human Nature

              Language, Cognition, and Human Nature (Paperback)

              By Pinker, Steven

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              Collects for the first time Steven Pinker's most influential scholarly work on language and cognition. Pinker is a highly eminent cognitive scientist, and these essays emphasize the importance of language and its connections to cognition, social relationships, child development, ...human evolution, and theories of human nature.
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              ISBN 9780190259280
              Released NZ 10 Dec 2015
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
                

              Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Paperback)

              By Pinker, Steven

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                1 Sep 22
              ISBN 9780141989860
              Publisher Penguin
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              Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?

              Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? (Paperback)

              By Pinker, Steven; Ridley, Matt; de Botton, Alain; Gladwell, Malcolm

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              Is humanity approaching a Golden Age, driven by technology and ever-closer global networks? Or is the notion of progress an illusion born in the West?

              ISBN 9781786070760
              Released NZ 23 Nov 2016
              Publisher Oneworld Publications
              Interest Age General Audience
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              The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
               

              The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Paperback)

              By Pinker, Steven

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              How do babies learn to speak? Why are there so many languages? Do we think in our mother tongue? Who decides what's correct English? How did language evolve? In this landmark book, Pinker explains the mysteries of language within a coherent theory- that language is an adaptation ...for communication. 'Dazzling . . . Pinker's big idea is that language is as innate to us as flying is to geese . . . Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations.' Independent 'Reading Steven Pinker's book is one of the biggest favours I've ever done my brain . . . exhilaratingly brilliant.' Richard Dawkins 'An extremely valuable book.' Noam Chomsky 'Brilliant.' Observer Now with a new afterword
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              ISBN 9780141980775
              Publisher Penguin
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              The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

              The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Paperback, New edition)

              By Pinker, Steven

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              Argues that the biological understanding of human nature threatens humane values. This book reveals positive arguments for the compatibility of biology and humanism.

              ISBN 9780140276053
              Released NZ 5 Jun 2003
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Penguin Press Science
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