Pinker, S. (2019). A Linguist's Guide to Quid Pro Quo. The New York Times. Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2019). Correct For the Media's Negativity Bias. Politico. Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2019). Tech Prophecy and the Underappreciated Causal Power of Ideas. In Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI . John Brockman. possibleminds_pinker.pdf
Freitas, J. D., Thomas, K., DeScioli, P., & Pinker, S. (2019). Common knowledge, coordination, and strategic mentalizing in human social life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Publisher's Version De Freitas, Thomas, DeScioli, & Pinker 2019
Goldstein, J. S., Qvist, S. A., & Pinker, S. (2019). Nuclear Power Can Save the World. The New York Times. Publisher's Version
Freitas, J. D., DeScioli, P., Thomas, K. A., & Pinker, S. (2019). Maimonides’ Ladder: States of Mutual Knowledge and the Perception of Charitability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General , 148 (1). Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2019). Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on ‘Enlightenment Now,’ One Year Later. Quillette.
Hartshorne, J., Tenenbaum, J., B., & Pinker, S. (2018). A critical period for second language acquisition: Evidence from 2/3 million English speakers. Cognition , 177, 263-277. hartshorne_tenenbaum_pinker_2018.pdf
Thomas, K. A., DeScioli, P., & Pinker, S. (2018). Common knowledge, coordination, and the logic of self-conscious emotions. Evolution and Human Behavior , 39, 179–190. Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2018). Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist. The Guardian.
Pinker, S. (2018). Doomsday is (not) coming: The dangers of worrying about the apocalypse. The Globe and Mail.
Pinker, S. (2018). The Intellectual War on Science: It’s wreaking havoc in universities and jeopardizing the progress of research. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2018). ‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment. The Guardian: The Observer. Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2018). The Enlightenment Is Working. The Wall Street Journal . Publisher's Version
Pinker, S. (2018). The Bright Side. Time Magazine. Publisher's Version
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Pinker, S. (2018). Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress . Viking.Abstract

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"My new favorite book of all time." —Bill Gates 

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.

Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on ‘Enlightenment Now,’ One Year Later

Reply to a 2019 article in Salon by P. Torres
Reply to a 2019 article in The Guardian by J. Hickel

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Freitas, J. D., DeScioli, P., Nemirow, J., Massenkoff, M., & Pinker, S. (2017). Kill or Die: Moral Judgment Alters Linguistic Coding of Causality. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition , 43 (8), 1173–1182. Publisher's Version
Thomas, K., DeScioli, P., Freitas, J. D., & Pinker, S. (2016). Recursive Mentalizing and Common Knowledge in the Bystander Effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology General , 145 (5). Thomas_Descioli_De_Freitas_Pinker_Recursive_Mentalizing_2016.pdf
Spagat, M., & Pinker, S. (2016). World War III: the final exchange. Significance , 13 (6), 46. Publisher's Version
Spagat, M., & Pinker, S. (2016). Warfare. Significance , 13 (3), 44. Publisher's Version