The Puzzle Instinct

The Puzzle Instinct

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qHumans are the only animals who create and solve puzzlesa€”for the sheer pleasure of ita€”and there is no obvious genetic reason why we would do this. Marcel Danesi explores the psychology of puzzles and puzzling, with scores of classic examples. His pioneering book is both entertaining and enlightening.q a€”Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times q... Puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis.q a€”Psychology Today q... a bristlingly clear... always intriguing survey of the history and rationale of puzzles.... [A] splendid study....q a€”Knight Ridder NewspapersAnd from childhood upwards we are perpetually asking questions and trying to answer them.aquot; Answering the question Why puzzles? is ... pose is much more practicable. Thus, in a fundamental sense, puzzles provide a means of aquot;comic relief, aquot;anbsp;...

Title:The Puzzle Instinct
Author: Marcel Danesi
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2004-02-01

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