Presentations

"The Sense of Style: The Thinking Persons' Guide to Writing in the 21st Century" , at Cary Hall - Lexington, MA, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Steven Pinker, an experimental psychologist at Harvard, cognitive scientist and linguist, has been named as one of the world’s most influential intellectuals, and has written ten books including The Language Instinct and The Better Angels of our Nature. In The Sense of Style, he asks why so much writing is so bad.

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.

The Cognitive Revolution at Fifty Plus or Minus One, at Harvard University, Science Center, Cambridge, MA, Monday, April 30, 2007

A Conversation with Jerome Bruner, Susan Carey, Noam Chomsky, and George Miller (introduced by Steven Pinker) to honor exhibit in William James Hall at Harvard on the cognitive revolution.

Around fifty years ago, Harvard was the site of a revolution—the Cognitive Revolution. By the middle of the 20th century, psychology was no longer “the science of mental life,” as William James had called it, but “the science of behavior.” But in the postwar years, new ideas from linguistics, computation, and information theory… Read more about The Cognitive Revolution at Fifty Plus or Minus One

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."

Recalling his earliest work at the MIT Center for Cognitive Science, he describes the maddening problem of how children learn to use verbs correctly. You can splash the wall with paint and can splash paint on the wall; you can spill water on the floor but you can’t spill the floor with water. Pinker theorized that children unconsciously divide the world of actions into categories like geometry… Read more about Pinker's Farewell

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