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This book by professors Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray is a blast. Their topic is sure to spark hours of philosophical reflection. How can readers know if they really are thinking or if the dog that’s watching them think is thinking? The authors have a lively sense of irreverent humor. Their chapters discuss different kinds of minds or minds in different contexts, adding up to a varied and multifaceted conversation. Anyone with a reflective or curious bent will enjoy the authors’ insights and anecdotes. getAbstract recommends this singular approach to those who are curious about self-knowledge, understanding the mind and seeing what different approaches to the mind have to offer.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How people think about minds,
  • Why the mind is an important entity to understand and
  • What factors shape perceptions of mind.

About the Authors

Daniel M. Wegner was the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James at Harvard University. Kurt Gray is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he leads the Mind Perception and Morality Lab.



What Is the “Mind Club?”

People wonder what others think and how they feel about their thoughts. These questions shape philosophy, daily life and the criminal justice system. People wonder what their pets understand, or if killers understand what they’ve done and can control their actions.

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