Publications

Forthcoming
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Pinker, S. (Forthcoming). Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress . Viking.Abstract

Forthcoming: February 27, 2018

The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophesies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In 75 jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature—tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking—which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

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2016
Pinker, S. (2016). Steven Pinker on the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Wall Street Journal.
Pinker, S., & Santos, J. M. (2016). Colombia's Milestone in World Peace. New York Times.
Shoard, C., Perry, P., Pinker, S., Keltner, D., Blackmore, S., & Greenfield, S. (2016). Psycho thrillers: five movies that teach us how the mind works. The Guardian.
Goldstein, S. & Pinker, S. (2016). The decline of war and violence. The Boston Globe.
Pinker, S. (2016). What to Expect in 2016: New Advances in Behavioral Genetics. Wall Street Journal .
2015
Pinker, S. (2015). Graphic evidence: Steven Pinker's optimism on trial. The Guardian.Abstract

Every year the eminent psychology professor updates the 100 graphs that appeared in his 2011 book The Better ­Angels of Our Nature, showing that every form of violence is in decline. Here are his latest findings.

Pinker, S. (2015). Steven Pinker interview: case against bioethocrats & CRISPR germline ban. www.ipscell.com.
Pinker, S. (2015). Experts debate: Are we playing with fire when we edit human genes?. STAT.
Goldstein, J., & Pinker, S. (2015). Inconvenient truths for the environmental movement. Boston Globe.
Pinker, S. (2015). Many of the alleged rules of writing are actually superstitions. The Guardian.
Pinker, S. (2015). Now for the good news: things really are getting better. The Guardian.
Pinker, S. (2015). The Moral Imperative for Bioethics. Boston Globe.
Pinker, S. (2015). The untenability of faitheism. Current Biology , 25 (15).
Pinker, S. (2015). Guess what? More people are living in peace now. Just look at the numbers. The Guardian.
Pinker, S. (2015). Rock Star Psychologist Steven Pinker Explains Why #TheDress Looked White, Not Blue. Forbes.com.
Pinker, S. (2015). Why free speech is fundamental. The Boston Globe.
Pinker, S. (2015). Shakespeare: One of the first and greatest psychologists. The Atlantic.
Pinker, S. (2015). Response to the Book Review Symposium: Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature. Sociology. PDF
2014
Reed, L., DeScioli, P., & Pinker, S. (2014). The commitment function of angry facial expressions. Psychological Science , 25 (8), 1511-1517.

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