October 21, 2005
How the mind works
Actually, whatever his publisher's copy has to say, Pinker does not argue "the mind is a computer". He spends a good deal of time distancing himself from this position instead arguing for the applicability of computational theory to a mind whose design is modular. From this starting point it is possible to account for rather complex behaviours arising from - quite literally - primitive rules.
It is not that Pinker demystifies difference in behaviour between sexes in species who reproduce sexually. It is not even that Black Eyed Peas have rendered consequently differing priorities with such brutal clarity. It is that despite knowing what I know that I cannot help but find the video fascinating. Enthralling.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 21, 2005 09:14 AM
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I watched Much Music tonight. I understand. I do. I understand.
Posted by: Alan McLeod at October 21, 2005 10:16 PM
heh. all hiphop is basically about fighting and sex--did you need Pinker for that?
Posted by: matoko kusanagi at October 25, 2005 04:27 AM