FORA.tv Speaker - Steven Pinker

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Biography

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world's foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine's "The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals," Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers," and Time magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today." His most recent book is The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.
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10 Programs

Conversation: Steven Pinker on Decline of Human Violence

04.25.13 | 01:09:14 min | 1 comment

Steven Pinker: A History of Violence

10.13.12 | 00:37:25 min | 0 comments

Steve Pinker: Decline of Violence, Rise of Better Angels

10.08.12 | 01:33:45 min | 0 comments

Steven Pinker & C.K. Williams on Violence

09.18.12 | 00:06:00 min | 0 comments

The Better Angels of our Nature

11.01.11 | 00:22:37 min | 0 comments

Steven Pinker: Language as a Window into Human Nature

02.04.11 | 00:10:53 min | 3 comments

RSA Events: What Should Everyone Know?

03.22.10 | 00:08:33 min | 2 comments

Pinker and Goldstein: Reason, Fiction & Faith

03.05.10 | 00:34:59 min | 8 comments

Adam Gopnik and Steven Pinker Debate Darwin

05.20.09 | 01:06:05 min | 15 comments

Steven Pinker - The Stuff of Thought

09.12.08 | 01:03:44 min | 4 comments