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Steven Pinker & Michael Shermer – Montreal – Sept 16th 2018

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 on

Steven Pinker & Michael Shermer – Montreal – Sept 16th 2018 Steven Pinker & Michael Shermer sit down for a...

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Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 on

Today’s world is characterized by people clinging to beliefs, hyperpolarization and the degradation of discourse. However, acclaimed...

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Democracy: Still the worst kind of government except all the other kinds

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 on

Now in practice, says Steven Pinker, “no one has ever developed a democracy that works particularly well if judged in absolute...

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Against chaos: The world is a hard place, but maybe humans aren’t to blame

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 on

When we see problems in the world, we’re quick to blame someone–anyone–who should be providing peace, love, and harmony:...

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49 – Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

Posted by on May 28, 2018 on

I spoke with Harvard’s Dr. Steven Pinker about the immense improvements in human living conditions that are now happening with...

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Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 on

Was 2017 really the “worst year ever,” as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war,...

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Does everyone have the same values? Yes, but libertarianism isn’t one of them.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 on

Is conflict humanity’s natural state? Could we ever agree on a set of values? The knee-jerk response for any student of history...

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Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 on

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The dangers of worrying about doomsday

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018 on

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The Intellectual War on Science

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 on

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‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 on

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The Enlightenment Is Working

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 on

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Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 on

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AI won’t takeover the world, and what our fears of the Robopocalypse reveal

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 on

Robots taking over has been a favorite sci-fi subgenre for ages. It’s a subject that has caused fear in movies, books, and real life...

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Is World History Becoming More Peaceful or More Violent?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 on

If you want to understand trends in the history of global violence, look to data, not headlines, says Harvard psychology professor and...

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Steven Pinker: How Soon Will Genetic Enhancement Create Smarter Humans?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 on

This video is part of a series on genius, in proud collaboration with 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival. In the late 1990s, scientists...

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How we speak reveals what we think, with Steven Pinker

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 on

How is it that human beings have come to acquire language? Steven Pinker’s introduction to the field includes thoughts on the...

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The long reach of reason

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 on

Here’s a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned...

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Steven Pinker on Language Pragmatics

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 on

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How Children Learn Language

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 on

In this selection from his Floating University lecture, Professor Steven Pinker deduces the nature of language acquisition by examining...

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