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By Steven Pinker

“A version of clinical writing: erudite, witty, and clear.” —New York evaluation of Books
The Pulitzer Prize finalist and nationwide bestseller How the brain Works is a interesting, provocative paintings exploring the mysteries of human proposal and behaviour. How do we see in 3 dimensions? How will we be mindful names and faces? How is it, certainly, that we contemplate the character of our personal awareness? Why will we fall in love? during this daring, notable booklet, Pinker synthesizes the simplest of cognitive technological know-how and evolutionary biology to give an explanation for what the brain is, the way it has developed, and, finally, the way it works. This variation contains a new afterword that explores the effect of the booklet and its relevance at the present time.

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1978:254. Vorher hat das Kind übrigens keinen Begriff von Zufall und Wahrscheinlichkeit. 43 Das vom Sinnlichen befreite Mögliche erlaubt daher die Verneinung des Sinnlichen zugunsten der Etablierung des Möglichen. Piaget bezieht diese Verkehrung des Verhältnisses von Wirklichem und Möglichem bewußt auch auf das politische und ethische Denken des Adoleszenten. Dieser bildet nun Theorien über die Gesellschaft und über ihre Veränderbarkeit und mißt Zustände an Idealen. 102 Das Denken wird aber nicht nur hypothetisch-deduktiv, sondern auch experimentell-induktiv.

96 Laut Piaget erwirbt das Kind mit ca. 12 Jahren auf der sprachlichen und formalen Ebene die operativen Fähigkeiten, die es auf der Ebene konkreter Objekte schon mit sieben Jahren anwenden konnte. Das bedeutet aber, und Piaget und die Piagetianer bringen diese Konsequenz nie zum klaren Ausdruck, daß auf der handlungsentlasteten Ebene des (sprachlichen) Denkens Präoperationalität bis zum ca. 12. Lebensjahr andauert. Jedenfalls läßt sich festhalten, daß die Operationen zunächst auf die Manipulation konkreter Objekte beschränkt bleiben.

104. Petter, G. 1976:324 ff; Piaget 1980 a:103 ff; ders. 1977:280 ff. 44 Jedes Stadium baut auf den Errungenschaften seines Vorgängers auf und bereitet das nächste vor. Die Repräsentationen entwickeln sich aus den sensomotorischen Koordinationen, die konkreten Operationen bilden sich aus repräsentierten Wahrnehmungen und die formale Logik bezieht sich auf und strukturiert die operativen Handlungen. Jedes Stadium beherrscht also alles das, was das vorhergehende auch konnte, und ist entwickelter, systematischer und integrierter.

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