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The Puzzle Instinct

Danesi, Marcel

Published by Indiana University Press
ISBN 10: 0253217083 / ISBN 13: 9780253217080
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Title: The Puzzle Instinct

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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What is the necessary raison d'etre that puzzles serve? Why did they emerge at the same time in history as myth, magic and the occult arts? And why can't we put them down? This book presents an exploration of the philosophical implications of the puzzle instinct. Num Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: CFA; JMR; PB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 225 x 145 x 19. Weight in Grams: 382. . 2004. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780253217080

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"Humans are the only animals who create and solve puzzles--for the sheer pleasure of it--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." --Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times

..". Puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis." --Psychology Today

..". a bristlingly clear... always intriguing survey of the history and rationale of puzzles.... [A] splendid study...." --Knight Ridder Newspapers

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Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto and Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory. His books include Increase Your Puzzle IQ and Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things: An Introduction to Semiotics. He lives in Toronto.

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