How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
this is a great book.
i repeat — read this book.
the book was originally suggested to me by Mimi Aye but it languished on my book shelf because the first few chapters are so difficult to read.
then, i was having a meeting with Mark Organ (CEO of Eloqua) who gave me the book as a present (thus now having two copies). mark once studied with Pinker. but the present was accompanied with a piece of really good advice — start reading from Chapter Five and then go back and read the beginning. i followed mark’s advice and am better for it.
How the Mind Works is a truly wonderful book on how people react and why. why are we attracted to love and art? why does man make war? nurture or nature? and other timeless questions.