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From dogs to gods, the science of understanding mysterious mindsâincluding your own.Â Â
Nothing seems more 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." Itâs 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 mindsâwhile incredibly importantâare a matter of perception. Their research opens a trove of new findings, with insights into human behavior that are fascinating, frightening and funny.
Â Â Â Â The Mind ClubÂ 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.Â By investigating the mind perception of extraordinary targetsâanimals, machines, comatose people, godâWegner and Gray explain what it means to have a mind, and why it matters so much.
Â Â Â Â Â Fusing cutting-edge research and personal anecdotes,Â The Mind ClubÂ 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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