I'd highly recommend Steven Pinker's "How the mind works" to anyone,
who's in the field of usability or interaction design. Many developers
would like it too. It's an ernomous reading effort, but it's propably
the best book you'll ever read about what kind of computer the human
mind actually is, and what makes it tick. This is a landmark book.
It'll help you every day.
Here's chapter one:
Here's a short except:
"... The gap between robots in imagination and in reality is my
starting point, for it shows the first step we must take in knowing
ourselves: appreciating the fantastically complex design behind feats
of mental life we take for granted.
The reason there are no humanlike robots is not that the very idea of a
mechanical mind is misguided. It is that the engineering problems that
we humans solve as we see and walk and plan and make it through the day
are far more challenging than landing on the moon or sequencing the
human genome. Nature, once again, has found ingenious solutions that
human engineers cannot yet duplicate.
When Hamlet says, "What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable!"
we should direct our awe not at Shakespeare or Mozart or Einstein or
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar but at a four-year old carrying out a request to
put a toy on a shelf."
Here's the book:
About the author:
"Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of
Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain
and Cognitive Sciences
. He conducts research on language and
cognition, writes for publications such as theNew York Times
, and is the author of six books
, includingThe Language
,How the Mind Works
, andThe Blank Slate
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