Publications by Year: 2016

(2016). Steven Pinker elected to National Academy of Sciences.
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 .
The Blank Slate  (2002/2016)
Pinker, S. (2016). The Blank Slate (2002/2016) . New York, NY: Viking.Abstract

"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read...
also highly persuasive." —Michael Lemonick, Time

A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature.

"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read. . .also highly persuasive." —Time

Now updated with a new afterword

One of the world's leading experts on language and the mind explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

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