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
Jonathan Kay presents highlights from this year’s Heterodox Academy conference, featuring Steven Pinker, Karith Foster, Jennifer Collins Bloomquist, Dan Mogulof, Lara Schwartz, Brandon Calhoun and Coleman Hughes.
Quillette Podcast 11 - Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker explains why the critics of Enlightenment Now are wrong
Canadian editor Jonathan Kay talks to Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker about his book Enlightenment Now and why the critics who took him to task for celebrating the Enlightenment are wrong. Professor Pinker has also written a piece for Quillette on the same subject.