The Puzzle Instinct: the Meaning of Puzzles and Human Life.

The Puzzle Instinct: the Meaning of Puzzles and Human Life. – book review

Indiana University Press, $25.95

In this “journey through Puzzleland,” Marcel Danesi, Ph.D., a semiotics and anthropology professor at the University of Toronto, gives us a natural history of puzzles. Danesi argues that people like solving puzzles because they provide a kind of “comic relief” from more troubling and unsolvable problems, such as that of the meaning of life. Well, maybe. In any case, puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis.

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