Paul Bloom is a Psychology professor at Yale University, a writer for the New Yorker, Guardian and New York Times. He has appeared as a guest on countless podcasts and his empathy, humour and value system set him apart as a great thinker on our times. To say 'The Human Mind' is like Psych 101 is to undervalue its relatable generous spirit although it does walk you through the great historical contributors to the field from Freud and Skinner to Locke and Nagle and covers everything from evolution to free will and happiness.
Each chapter can be read as a stand alone if you want to single out an area of interest but are wonderfully woven together for rich effect. A book like this is a once in a lifetime, it is beautifully written with its contextual finger on the pulse of our times.
Nothing is more familiar and yet less understood than the human mind. It defines the experience of being human, and yet its workings contain some of the deepest mysteries ever encountered. Written by one of the world's greatest teachers of psychology, The Human Mindprovides a masterful and riveting guide to all that we have learned since modern science began probing those mysteries.
How does a three-pound lump of grey-ish meat give rise to conscious experience? What is the function of emotions such as disgust, gratitude and shame? How do our biases affect us and how can we overcome them? How does the mind of a child differ from that of an adult? How does memory work? What causes mental illness? Are we rational? Are we all a little bit racist? What makes us kind? What makes us cruel? What makes us happy?
Many of these questions now have answers; many others don't yet; many widely accepted theories are probably wrong. This book takes us to the very limits of what is known. It shines new light on all that you take most for granted- everything you think and feel, everything you say and do, everything that makes you you.