How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
Why do memories fade? Why does makeup change the look of a face? When are racial stereotypes irrational? Why do people lose their tempers? What makes children bratty? Why do fools fall in love? What makes us laugh? And why do people believe in ghosts and spirits? In HOW THE MIND WORKS, Steven Pinker explains what the mind is, where it came from, how it lets us see, think, feel, interact, and pursue higher callings such as art, religion and philosophy, as well as shedding revealing light on distinctively human quirks along the way.