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From dogs to gods, dive into the science of mysterious minds - including your own.
Nothing seems more real than the minds of other people. When you consider what your boss is thinking or whether your spouse is happy, you are admitting them into the "mind club". It's easy to assume other humans can think and feel, but what about a cow, a computer, a corporation? What kinds of minds do they have?
Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray are award-winning psychologists who have discovered that minds - while incredibly important - are a matter of perception. Their research opens a trove of new findings, with insights into human behavior that are fascinating, frightening, and funny. The Mind Club explains why we love some animals and eat others, why people debate the existence of God so intensely, how good people can be so cruel, and why robots make such poor lovers. By investigating the mind perception of extraordinary targets - animals, machines, comatose people, God - Wegner and Gray explain what it means to have a mind and why it matters so much.
Fusing cutting-edge research and personal anecdotes, The Mind Club explores the moral dimensions of mind perception with wit and compassion, revealing the surprisingly simple basis for what compels us to love and hate, to harm and to protect.
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By Bruce Gruetzmacher on 04-06-16
enlightening, Interesting, well read.
I am NOT sure if my unconscious brain loved this book and then convinced my mind that I did also. But in ether case, I would highly recommend to anyone to try to get their own mind to attempt to convince their brains to purchase this book for themselves.
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By Philomath on 03-24-16
Who is the self in me? Am I part of something bigger?
These questions and many more about the mind have been asked by philosophers since humans existed. This book, in a very engaging, and simple to follow manner puts forward many arguments for the mind, the self, and who has it.
How do we relate to others, when all we have is our own brain/mind. we can assume we understand others by the way they behave, but that's only because we can understand what we feel. What about animals? Do we put a human face to them, and see us in them, or do they have minds. How about plants? Why can't we attribute a mind to them? They are all alive after all. How about corporations? Cities, countries, or crowds? Do they have a mind of their own.
This book more than any others, make one think about how narrow minded we are when we say something has a mind. "Mind"after all is only a word. How we define it can either expand our horizon or narrow it down. The author eloquently explains this by first defining the self, and our mind, and then opens our mind to the possibility that other things we may never think can have a mind may very well do. Who are we to say only humans have this incredible gift.
Great read, highly recommended for someone with big questions about the self.
34 of 38 people found this review helpful