Presentations

The Edge Master Class 2011 Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What may be the most important thing that has ever happened in human history is that violence has gone down, by dramatic degrees, and in many dimensions all over the world and in many spheres of behavior: genocide, war, human sacrifice, torture, slavery, and the treatment of racial minorities, women, children, and animals. Click here to read about and see video of Steven Pinker talking at the Edge Master Class 2011.

Pinker's Farewell, at MIT Communications Forum, Cambridge, MA, Thursday, September 25, 2003

In this personal and reflective event, Pinker looks back at twenty plus years at MIT and shares his deep appreciation for the place where "ideas and content always come first."

"The Blank Slate", at MIT, Cambridge, MA, Thursday, October 31, 2002

Our conceptions of human nature affect every aspect of our lives, from the way we raise our children to the political movements we embrace. Yet just as science is bringing us into a golden age of understanding human nature, many people are hostile to the very idea. They fear that a biological understanding of the mind will be used to justify inequality, subvert social change, and dissolve personal responsibility and strip life of meaning and purpose.

"Words and Rules", at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Monday, February 11, 2002

Watch the video of this event.