Publications

2016
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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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.
Pinker, S., & Mack, A. (2014). The world is not falling apart. Slate.
Ronen, S., Gonçalves, B., Hu, K., Vespignani, A., Pinker, S., & Hidalgo, C. (2014). Links that speak: The global language network and its association with global fame. PNAS.
Pinker, S. (2014). Passive Resistance - The active voice isn't always the best choice. The Atlantic.
Pinker, S. (2014). Why academics stink at writing. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Thomas, K., DeScioli, P., Sultan Haque, O., & Pinker, S. (2014). The Psychology of Coordination and Common Knowledge. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , 107 (4), 657-676. PDF

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