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Brilliant Psychology by Louise Deacon

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Understanding your intelligent mind

You have an intelligent mind: you have a curiosity which made you pick up this book and you can understand these words. But what is your mind and how does it work? And what makes you an intelligent, conscious being?

What your mind is for

Psychologist Steven Pinker says that although the mind seems miraculous we do not need to use any mystical concepts to explain it. The mind is just the activity of the brain, and the brain is like any other biological organ such as the heart, liver or lungs. The brain evolved because it plays an important role in keeping us alive. Relative to our body weight, the human brain is bigger than in other animals, ...

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