Publications

2014
<p>The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century</p>
Pinker, S. (2014).

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

. New York: Penguin.Abstract
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.

Mind Games

. (2014).

Mind Games

. The New York Times.
Burkeman, O. (2014).

Steven Pinker: We don't throw virgins into volcanoes anymore.

. mosaicscience.com. website
2013
Gleditsch, N. P., Pinker, S., Thayer, B. A., Levy, J. S., & Thompson, W. R. (2013). The Forum: The Decline of War. International Studies Review, 15, 396-419. intl_studies_review.pdf
Pinker, S. (2013). Obituaries - George A. Miller. American Psychologist, 68(6), 467-468.
Language, Cognition, and Human Nature: Selected Articles
Pinker, S. (2013). Language, Cognition, and Human Nature: Selected Articles. New York: Oxford University Press.
Chabris, C. F., Lee, J. J., Benjamin, D. J., Beauchamp, J. P., Glaeser, E. L., Borst, G., Pinker, S., et al. (2013). Why It Is Hard to Find Genes Associated With Social Science Traits: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations. American Journal of Public Health, 103(No. S1), 152-166.
Pinker, S. (2013). "The Decline of War and Conceptions of Human Nature" in The Forum: The Decline of War. International Studies Review, 15(3), 400-405. pdf
Pinker, S. (2013). Science is not your enemy. New Republic. science_is_not_your_enemy.pdf
Learnability and Cognition: The Acquisition of Argument Structure
Pinker, S. (2013). Learnability and Cognition: The Acquisition of Argument Structure (New Edition.). Cambridge: The MIT Press.
2012
Pinker, S. (2012). Why Are States So Red and Blue?. The New York Times. presented at the 10/24/2012. Website
Pinker, S. (2012). The Coach Who Never Paid Retail. Slate. Website
Pinker, S. (2012). The Long Peace: Systematic Trends and Unknown Unknowns. Global Trends 2030. presented at the August 17, 2012. Website
Pinker, S. (2012). Reply to commentators. Edge. presented at the July 12, 2012. Website
Pinker, S. (2012). The false allure of group selection. Edge. presented at the June 18, 2012. Website
Pinker, S. (2012). Violence doesn't work (most of the time). The Atlantic, (July/August). Website
Pinker, S. (2012). False Fronts in the Language Wars. Slate. presented at the 05/31/2012. Website
Pinker, S. (2012). To See Humans' Progress, Zoom Out. The New York Times. presented at the 02/26/2012. Website
2011
Goldstein, J., & Pinker, S. (2011). War Really Is Going Out of Style. The New York Times Sunday Review. presented at the 12/17/2011. Website
Pinker, S. (2011). Taming the Devil within Us. Nature, 478, 309-311. PDF