The Mind Club

The Mind Club From dogs to gods dive into the science of mysterious minds including your own Nothing seems real than the minds of other people When you consider what your boss is thinking or whether your spouse is

  • Title: The Mind Club
  • Author: Daniel M. Wegner Kurt Gray
  • ISBN: 9780670785834
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Mind Club

    From dogs to gods, dive into the science of mysterious minds including your own.Nothing seems 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 ofFrom dogs to gods, dive into the science of mysterious minds including your own.Nothing seems 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 mind 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 matter 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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    1. Chris Branch

      Well, I could be wrong, but I suspect this book is primarily the work of Kurt Gray, rather than Daniel Wegner. Having read a couple of books by Wegner, as well as having taken one of his undergraduate courses back in the 80s, it just seems that the voice and tone here is different. And nothing against Gray, but I don't think this book quite measures up to Wegner's work.The subject matter is fascinating, and well worth the book treatment. But Gray seems to be trying too hard here to be a comedian [...]

    2. M

      I really got a kick out of this book.Maybe it is old news to others, but this was my introduction to the concept (or at least the introduction that stuck) of moral patiency. I feel like the moral agency v. moral patiency dichotomy -- the dyadic nature of morality -- is a major "level-up" for my understanding of moral intuitions.Also, the book called to my attention the work of Derek Parfit, which I am going to spend some time getting better acquainted with.The book is largely a tour of some of t [...]

    3. Ghalia

      A nice and page turning book about how we perceive minds around us starting from animals, computers, deceased people and even our own minds.

    4. Robert

      The central theme of this book is some research about how people feel about different kinds of minds. At it's heart it's a Harvard Business Review style quadrant analysis with the two dimensions being doing and feeling (and doers doing things to feelers). This isn't nearly as interesting (or difficult) as actually trying to understand different minds. This is touched on briefly and mainly via that experiment where people report that they made a decision half a second after their body started doi [...]

    5. Rita Vo

      Mesmerizing. This book could have you question about your existence and doubt everything you thought you knew. Informative, interesting, yet not actually relaxing to read.

    6. Tim

      Quiz time. Which of the following have minds?The family dogAn advanced AI programA corporationA fetusA venus fly trapA bedbugA person in a vegetative stateGodAn ant colonyA strict religious cultA person that has been deceased for ten yearsThe way you answer determines who you think deserves entry into the titular mind club. There is only one entry requirement – you have to have a mind.This book was a fun, popular treatment of the nebulous concept of mind – what a mind is and what kinds of th [...]

    7. Alicea

      How do you know that your friends and family aren't mindless zombies? Does your cat love you like you love it? Does God ever get hungry?This book won't answer those questions but it will make you think outside of the box and ask even more questions which in my opinion is awesome. The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why It Matters by Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray was a fun ride. These two psychologists look at what makes up a 'mind' and who should be entered into the mind club (e.g. plant [...]

    8. Scott Wozniak

      This was an interesting philosophical and scientific exploration of what it means to have a mind--and how whether we believe that about another creature has big impact on how we treat them. From slavery to artificial intelligence to abortion, this is at the heart of our choices. The book gets high marks for identifying two independent variables to a mind: the ability to act as we choose and the ability to experience, especially to suffer. We can believe high or low for each person. For example a [...]

    9. Richard Thompson

      A intriguing look at "mind" and consciousness that I hadn't come across in my other readings. I Wegner's view (and the view of his collaborator, Kurt Gray) mind isn't something that we can observe so we construct and image the minds of those in our environment (including our own). We intuitively sort people, animals, infants, robots, corporations, coma victims and dead people according to how much "mind" we perceive them to have. We also — and this was the interesting twist on the subject — [...]

    10. Gibson

      This is a folksy popular psychology book written by erudite authors. The agent/patient duality is an interesting one and provides useful insights in two chapters in particular: the enemy and he group. The patient is quite a good chapter, but the chapter on the animal was thin except where it leant on Peter Singer. The chapters on the dead and God had me skimming over them, but I went back just in case there was something. I was disappointed.Overall I came away with half a dozen well thought out [...]

    11. Rhiannon

      More Books Like This, Please!This was a satisfying sampler of psychology and philosophy. I call it a sampler because it's the first book of its kind that I've read and it whet my appetite for more. While reading this, I supplemented it with Crash Course Philosophy on YouTube and Robert Arp's The Devil and Philosophy. I needed the former to better understand the latter, but watching those videos while reading this book was a winning combination, too. My perception of the world is forever changed. [...]

    12. Agna

      Interesting book that manages to talk about a complex subject (our mind and the science behind it) in a simple and accessible language. However, is this too simplistic? Reaching the end of the book I had the feeling I was being repeated the same concept over and over again. I did enjoy reading about the experiments run by scientists to study our mind and feeling though. I would have wanted to go a bit deeper in the knowledge but I understand you need to compromise at a certain point to make this [...]

    13. Ryan Young

      what is a mind? who or what qualifies as having a mind? how does granting something or someone a 'mind' change the way we need to treat them? at what point does a creature deserve something on the order of human rights? at what point do we hold a human 100% responsible for its actions? how about 0%? why do humans seek an agent to explain phenomena of all kinds? the mind club explores these questions and more!

    14. Bill Holmes

      Read this to learn more about how your subconscious mind works to explain events and place blame. I was fascinated by discussion of dyadic completion, or how we tend to attribute intentions to the actions of people or things. This book helped me better understand other's behavior as well as my own. It is a nice compliment to Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow, The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki, and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

    15. Mehrsa

      There is so much to think about here. Some interesting research and some great questions. There were several pronouncements in there that I thought needed more evidence. The section on free will, in my opinion was the weakest. Or perhaps I just wanted more.

    16. Sam

      An interesting read with a broad range of research areas covered and noted. However, there isn't a clear take-away from this book. I guess that's in no small part due to the fact that understanding the mind itself is difficult and with a lot of open questions.

    17. P.a.jayaprakash

      This truly one of the best book in the worldWow!!Really enjoyed the journey It's more like discipline approach by authors to give a neat and clear expression of the topic they discussed I felt very very bad, when the book got overThanks to authors

    18. Dan

      A popular psychology book for light and casual reading. Ok for those who want to get exposed to the subject of a perception and psychology on mind.

    19. Pamela

      This book about the mind, self, consciousness was well written and thought provoking. Quote of note, "we are a source of perception; all minds rest in perception." Studies confirm that, "there is a high correlation between the mind wandering and unhappiness. People with mind in the here and now are happier"

    20. Caroline

      Very interesting and comprehensive book about how we perceive our own and other people's minds, and how little we are really aware of how it works, what we think, perceive, etc. and why. and who we give credit to as having a mind like ours. Do animals have minds, and are they able to think in equivalent ways to us?

    21. Alexandra Berlina

      Fun, but would be so much better if every other page didn't start with "so we decided to prove and it turned out we were completely right!". Never, never a glimpse of potential doubt. Is it me, or is this suspicious? Or at least not as charming as stories of search

    22. André Rossini

      It's a very interesting perspective of the way ourselves perceive - the so called - minds in the world around us.

    23. Kris Parker

      Certainly entertaining but really just a recap ofPsychology 101. I thought the last few chapters on God , self, and death had some particularly interesting additions to the subject.

    24. Meghan

      The Mind Club is a psychological and philosophical exploration of our perception of minds -- our own minds and the "minds" of others: animals, babies, machines, enemies, "silent minds", groups, the dead, and God. This book provides frameworks for thinking about minds, consciousness, and human behavior more generally, all founded on the principle that we perceive minds through a dyadic lens: they exhibit agency (and are therefore considered agents) and / or have the ability to experience (and are [...]

    25. Annie

      There are some interesting chapters and concepts, like the distinction between an agent (capable of acting and making decisions) and a patient (capable of experiencing emotions). For example, people generally think of god as an agent - a being that is all knowing. But rarely do people think of god as a patient, who would feel pain and hurt. This also explains why if a CEO punches a little girl, it's deplorable. But if the little girl punches the CEO, it's funny. The little girl is generally seen [...]

    26. Glízia

      Encontrei esse livro por acaso e fiquei curiosa por causa do título e subtítulo. "O Clube da Mente: quem pensa, o que sente, e porquê isso importa" ( em uma tradução livre) é não só um título que nos instiga, mas que também traz uma ótima discussão. Daniel Wegner teoriza então sobre o que nos torna diferentes dos outros animais, e como a nossa mente pode intervir em diversas situações cotidianas. Cada capítulo é focado em um tema, como por exemplo, existe um para discutir um pou [...]

    27. Shana Yates

      Very engaging popular science book, written with wit and humor. The authors explore the perception of mind, ranging from how do we know or assess whether others have mind, to how we make distinctions between those with high agency/low agency and those with high feeling/low feeling, to how we ascribe mind to inanimate objects, dead people, and god. The book skips around the topics with illuminating examples and more than one or two penetrating stories or questions that should have a reader thinki [...]

    28. Michael Kearney

      This is an interesting read about the latest in the field of mind perception. The book breaks down the text into investigations into the different types of minds ie, animals, machine, group, dead, God, self, etc. A very fair treatment in the chapter about God. The last chapter on the mind of self made many interesting points. Is free will illusory? According to Benjamin Lipet and the authors the answer is, yes. I would insert that the self/brain are a packaged deal. Maybe it is the Self that is [...]

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