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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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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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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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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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Language Is a Window into the Mind

Posted by on Sep 17, 2010 on

Psychologist Steven Pinker studies the interface between language and human computation, which he argues is the key to understanding human...

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