Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist, linguist and popular science author, he is also known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.
Steven Pinker speaks with his old friend and schoolmate, the RLF’s Marcy Kahan, about coming of age in Montreal’s Anglophone Jewish community, the nature of good writing and the 'classic style', and managing a dictionary by democratic processes.
For thousands of years, we've searched to answer the question: Who are we? Today, science has brought us closer than ever to the answer. This hour, TED speakers share ideas on what makes us ... us. In a brand new interview, neuroscientist Anil Seth explores how our brains construct our conscious reality--everything we perceive, from objects to emotions. Other guests from the original 2016 episode include biochemist Sam Sternberg, psychologist Steven Pinker, and humorist Ze Frank.
Are we really on a path toward destruction? Or do we just embrace despair far more easily than we do progress? Hear why Harvard’s Steven Pinker believes thriving on “outrage” is actually the more destructive path. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Is life today better than ever before? Does the data bear that out? This hour, TED speakers explore the stories we tell with numbers — and whether those stories portray the full picture. Guests include psychologist Steven Pinker, economists Tyler Cowen and Michael Green, journalist Hanna Rosin, and environmental activist Paul Gilding.