Experimental psychologist interested in all aspects of language, mind, and human nature.
Steven Pinker conducts research on a variety of topics in psychology and cognitive science, including common knowledge (things that everyone knows everyone knows), language acquisition, emotion, the moral sense, rationality, and trends in violence.
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- Boston Globe: New faculty-led organization at Harvard will defend academic freedom
- Razib Khan's Unsupervised Learning: Steven Pinker - The Blank Slate 20+ years later
- BBVA Foundation: The Frontiers of Knowledge Award goes to Steven Pinker and Peter Singer for innovative academic contributions in the domains of rationality and moral progress that have achieved a widespread impact in the public sphere
- Port Magazine: Steven Pinker: Things I like / Things I Dislike
- The Harvard Gazette: Will ChatGPT supplant us as writers, thinkers?
- IAI News: Pinker on the power of irrationality - Why it can be rational to be irrational
- Persuasion: Reason To Believe - How and why irrationality takes hold, and what do to about it.
- Skeptical Inquirer Magazine: Reason’s Valiant Champion
- Financial Times: Steven Pinker: ‘Putin’s invasion won’t lead to a return to the age of warring civilisation’
- Now in Paperback - Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
- Symposium: Enlightenment 2.0 - A Review of “Rationality,” by Steven Pinker
- Collate: Steven Pinker and Scott Aaronson Debate AI Scaling!
- Skeptic: ESP Debate - Is Belief in ESP Irrational?
- A Night @ the Opera with Steven Pinker: Is Music a Universal Language?
- The Blog of Scott Aaronson: Steven Pinker and I debate AI scaling!
- Bicycling: This Scientist Can't Stop Thinking About Cycling
- Boston Globe: Is Russia’s war with Ukraine the end of the Long Peace?
- Why IBB Translated Steven Pinker’s New Book RATIONALITY for the Middle East - Ideas Beyond Borders
- BBC News: Three ways to be more rational this year
- BBC Radio: Think with Pinker
- Quillette: The Need for Rationality in a Hostile World
- Steven Pinker : "L'irrationalité actuelle ne signifie pas que notre espèce débloque"
- The Weekly Dish: Steven Pinker on Rationality In Our Tribal Times
- The Next Big Idea Podcast: Steven Pinker's Love Song to Critical Thinking
- Behavioral Scientist: The Monty Hall Problem (Finally) Explained
- The Washington Post: The power of rational thinking in a world that seems unreasonable
- Penguin: Where to start with Steven Pinker
- Richard Hanania: Rationality Requires Incentives: An Interview with Steven Pinker
- Steven Pinker: 'A generation has to watch every word... It could cripple intellectual life'
- The Times: Rationality - Steven Pinker's war on conspiracy theories
- New York Times Magazine: Steven Pinker Thinks Your Sense of Imminent Doom Is Wrong
- Martin Rees and Steven Pinker: Wagering on catastrophe
- Effective Altruism: An Interview with Steven Pinker
- How humans gained an "extra life" (Review Steven Johnson’s “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer.”)
- Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
- Intro to Psych Science: Lecture 6, The Brain
- "What is human nature?" Panpsychast podcast (June 7, 2020)
- "Can we build a more rational world?" The Good Fight podcast
- The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insights
- Freakonomics podcast - People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 1: Steven Pinker
- Responses to the Letter to the Linguistics Society of America
- Twenty Questions with Steven Pinker
- From Verbs to War: In Conversation With Steven Pinker
- Lectures on Rationality
- Maimonides’ Ladder: States of Mutual Knowledge and the Perception of Charitability
- A critical period for second language acquisition: Evidence from 2/3 million English speakers
- Get Shorty: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment
- Universality and diversity in human song
- "Dissecting Morality" podcast from the Ministry of Ideas
- How to Read Difficult Books - Think highlighting is a great study strategy for difficult texts? @DTWillingham explains why it doesn’t always work—and what works better—in t.co/pzx6bWhd1F via @aftunion
- This May Be the Most Important Thing Happening in the World Today. @NickKristof: "1 reason the world doesn’t do more to help poor countries is..a sense that nothing works. I fear that misperception is driven partly by journalists like me..We pounce upon crises..but we don’t do… t.co/CHSPFSnzwR
- Do Human Progress Trends Justify the Status Quo? A reply to the topsy-turvy accusation that recognition of progress implies that everything should stay the same (more evidence that "progressives" hate progress). t.co/skNOZ1w1GQ via @HumanProgress
- A new study from Denmark finds that experiencing prenatal stress may lead children to learn language faster. | Latest Mind Matters column by Susan Pinker. t.co/hUWHCch0l5 via @WSJ
- Editorial: RIP, President Robert Zimmer (1947–2023), UChicago’s Free Speech Crusader t.co/SMg3GtSWN3
- "Misinformation" isn't just on the right. t.co/GhXXQVD4bq