Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The Story Behind The Numbers.<p><b>About Steven Pinker's TED Talk</b><p>It might seem like the world is getting worse and worse. But psychologist Steven Pinker says that across the board, data suggests we've made a lot of progress. The question is — will it continue?<p><b>About</b> …

TED Talks

The Story Behind The Numbers : TED Radio Hour : NPR

Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>Tyler Cowen: Do The Numbers Give Us The Full Picture?<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>Hanna Rosin: Data Shows Women Have Progressed. But What's Next?<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>Michael Green: What Does GDP Not Tell Us?<p><b>Toggle more …

NPR

The Best of All Possible Worlds?

The Huntington’s 2012 production of Candide (T. Charles Erickson via Flickr)<p><i>Candide</i> is the first and most amusing example of the powerlessness of …

Political Science

Is life is getting better in spite of dire daily headlines?

<i>(Level 3 of Smile Longer: Expect breakthroughs)</i> Yes, life IS getting better, says Steven Pinker in his now book, <i>Enlightenment Now</i>:<p><b>Enlightenment Now:</b> …

Bill Gates

VIDEO: Highlights from This Week's REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER on HBO

See highlight's from this week's REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER on HBO! This week featured guests Lawrence O'Donnell, Rep. Seth Moulton, D.L. Hughley, …

Bill Maher

Steven Pinker Critiques the Inequality Alarmism of Thomas Piketty

For many, economic inequality has become something of an obsession. Prominent figures, from the Pope to the former president, have identified …

Income Inequality

BOOK REVIEW: Steven Pinker’s rose-coloured glasses magnify progress

There’s an irony in his criticism of the media and disdain for intellectualism: he displays his own strain of populist contempt and plays into the …

Business (South Africa)

False Dawn: Steven Pinker Against Steven Pinker

I partly credit Steven Pinker for my realization, around the middle of my time in college, that I wasn't a lefty. Suspicious of the assertion, …

Philosophy

10 Friday AM Reads

My end of the week fishing reads: • As Cost of Living Rises and Wages Stagnate, Big City Freelancers Look to Small Cities (Slate) • How Sellers Trick …

Los Angeles

Prufrock: The Real Steven Pinker, the Young Men Who Love Waugh, and Pablo Neruda Today

<b>What should we make of Pablo Neruda today</b>? He was a man and writer of extraordinary gifts and a monstrous ego—a sexist, “a purblind Stalinist,” and a …

Conservative View

John Kerry, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Pollan to appear at 2018 Boston Book Festival

The annual literary event will feature more than 200 authors.

John Kerry

EP58: Steven Pinker: Enlightenment & the Muslim World

Steven Pinker

From Happiness to Existential Threats, an Evening With Steven Pinker

When it comes to dinner conversation, Steven Pinker isn’t one for light fare. On stage with <i>Fortune</i> president Alan Murray, at the <i>Fortune</i> CEO …

Generations

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

New York. Viking. 2018. 576 pages.<p>The heart of Steven Pinker’s important new book is in its title: <i>Enlightenment Now</i>. It is a stalwart defense of the …

Humanism

July/August 2018

Elsewhere in the Humanist:<p>#WeToo?<p>The secular community is having a #MeToo moment. 
Some say it’s about time. Others say not so fast. In 1915 the …

Humanism

Progress: the great untold story of our time

Life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge and happiness are on the rise worldwide. Don’t believe it? Follow the data, writes Steven …

Good News

Think progress is a myth? Measure it

Steven Pinker writes ‘we’re apt to mistake the harms around us for signs of how low the world has sunk rather than how high our standards have …

Good News

Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now, and Leadership

Despite many calling him an optimist, Steven Pinker advocates hard work.<p>Leaders ship.<p>While others analyze, label, plan, discuss, and debate, what sets effective leaders apart is getting the job done.<p>The World Science Festival is hosting Steven Pinker to speak on his latest book, <i>Enlightenment</i> <i>Now,</i> …

Business Strategy

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Things are getting better, and The Enlightenment deserves a large amount of the credit. Steven Pinker's new book is Enlightenment Now: The Case for …

Humanism

Steven Pinker Loves the Enlightenment

In 2012's <i>The Better Angels of Our Nature</i>, Pinker argued persuasively that we're "living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence," with …

Foreign Policy

Enlightenment Now: Why Steven Pinker believes in progress

It may be tempting to think human civilization is on the verge of collapse: environmental degradation, the rise in authoritarianism, ballooning …

Human Rights

My last meal: Steven Pinker - Issue 114

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Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker Discusses 'Enlightenment Now'

In a time when White House controversies, scandals, and talk of an impending constitutional crisis dominate the news, it might be easy to conclude …

Linguistics

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates agree this is one of the best books out right now

If you're in search of summer reading suggestions, billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have you covered.<p>On Monday, the two men, along with …

Self-improvement

Bill Gates: You might not make time to read this type of book—but you should

Bill Gates' obsession with reading started early on. As a kid, his parents gave him "an arbitrary budget to buy books, so I got to read a lot," he …

Bill Gates

Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers

Was 2017 really the "worst year ever," as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, …

TED Talks

Why Are There No Libertarian Countries?

April 26, 2018 by Jonathan MS Pearce<p>Steven Pinker on universal rights and libertarianism:<p>And if you have time, Pinker on the Joe Rogan show:<p>Previous …

Libertarianism

Worried that artificial intelligence will eclipse human intelligence? Rest easy, says Steven Pinker. Such scenarios falsely assume that intelligence implies a will to power

Worried that artificial intelligence will eclipse human intelligence? Rest easy, says Steven Pinker. Such scenarios falsely assume that intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

More Wisdom from Steven Pinker's Enlightenment, by David Henderson

As I mentioned last week, I'm reviewing Steven Pinker's new book, <i>Enlightenment Now</i>, and loving it.Here's Pinker on one reason crime has fallen:<br>When …

Credit Cards

Steven Pinker: Counter-Enlightenment Convictions are ‘Surprisingly Resilient’

<b>Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist and is the author of several books including Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and</b> …

Long-form Journalism