Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist at Harvard University. His books include 'Enlightenment Now,' and 'Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.'

Be Rational

Be Rational

Rationality is uncool. To describe someone with a slang word for the cerebral, like nerd, wonk, geek, or brainiac, is to imply they are terminally challenged in hipness. For decades, Hollywood screenplays and rock-song lyrics have equated joy and freedom with an escape from reason. “A man needs a little

Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker
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enlightenment
Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on 'Enlightenment Now,' One Year Later

Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on 'Enlightenment Now,' One Year Later

You wouldn’t think that a defense of reason, science, and humanism would be particularly controversial in an era in which those ideals would seem to need all the help they can get. But in the words of a colleague, “You’ve made people’s heads explode!” Many people who

Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker
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enlightenment