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Cognitive scientist at Harvard.

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xkcd: Linguists (I plead guilty). https://t.co/BnHKsj2jLuAccording to a new study, music beats sex and drugs when it comes to relieving the stress and sadness of the pandem… https://t.co/aqSn1DMaH4
11/26
2020
Remember terrorism? Globally deaths from terrorism fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2019 https://t.co/rQT1aZ0P9g
11/25
2020
A really good new visual illusion.... https://t.co/4GhtlUtzrfHappy birthday, Spinoza! Excommunicated by his Jewish community @ 23, excoriated by greater Christian Europe (even… https://t.co/C653APM96A
Retweeted by Steven PinkerAnother gripping piece by @ericboodman. As a kid, his factory work paid for his dad’s cancer care. As an oncologist… https://t.co/Yf9oanxFGAWhat if Trump won’t leave the White House? A hostage negotiator, an animal-control officer, and a toddler whisperer… https://t.co/0uRO37k6dlDonald Trump + Republican Party 2020 = Lucy in Peanuts January 20, 1955 | https://t.co/TJ3xIKQybQ https://t.co/1rMRJOGM56 via @GoComics
11/24
2020
Another Russian interview: Кудрявый метод: Стивен Пинкер — о том, как мир становится безопаснее https://t.co/rNUxZnIENlInterview in Forbes Russia: «Насилие нас зачаровывает»: нейропсихолог и писатель Стивен Пинкер о демократии в США и… https://t.co/yLX3vfmjp7The Better Angels of Our Nature (in Russian translation) designated one of the 10 best books of 2020. Геббельс, Не… https://t.co/y6G4ZEAQ0TWhen we remember events, the emotional peak and the way it ended are especially important. Trump has chosen a pathe… https://t.co/PdA1O3Yaw5
Retweeted by Steven PinkerThe Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790 by Ritchie Robertson. (The subtitle of my Enlightenment Now… https://t.co/h5pyMBylABAn important counter-argument to the inevitability of great power competition, a Thucydides/Hobbesian trap, etc. https://t.co/XiuHgF5eiN
11/23
2020
As a new Covid-19 treatment arrives, hospitals scramble to solve logistical and ethical challenges by @ericboodmanhttps://t.co/KtiaxXP2NGHappy birthday, George Eliot, novelist and ethicist supreme! “Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot o… https://t.co/smRL1NTXTy
Retweeted by Steven PinkerWhen the World Seems Like One Big Conspiracy https://t.co/58dlHQozdSThe Bias that Divides Us by cognitive psychologist Keith Stanovich: Superb review of the psych literature on the My… https://t.co/8iwK1vex6l
11/22
2020
Charleen Adams @cdanielleadams debunks yet another election-fraud claim, regarding Election Timestamps https://t.co/mU3FgrxUW7And her Youtube channel. Videos — Helen Sword https://t.co/Z5QYbZEbOdHelen Sword's Web site: https://t.co/UOBGQQGQq8Web site for Helen Sword's Writers Diet app. https://t.co/NfSTtHGG1p @bryan_caplan @OurWorldInData Thank you for sharing!
Retweeted by Steven PinkerThe Writer's Diet: English scholar Helen Sword, one of my favorite researchers on writing style (she coined the del… https://t.co/OK2p7wzS0VWhat if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In? https://t.co/p7RduzxBlx
11/20
2020
Jeffrey Flier, Former Dean of Harvard Medical School, on This Week’s Good News About the Hunt for a COVID-19 Vaccin… https://t.co/HXtdFc3aVtAnother nice explanation here: Benford’s Law Does Not Prove Fraud in the 2020 US Presidential Election by Jen Golbe… https://t.co/RTsH0SzaEmDoes Benford’s Law (fewer leading big digits) show 2020 election fraud? Forget it: the law doesn’t apply when the t… https://t.co/xqN1DNUGrV
11/19
2020
Plato, Gödel, Spinoza, Ahab: A new interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein @platobooktour on 3:16 https://t.co/Fba0DNTKDZ
11/18
2020
RIP Jonathan Sacks, the U.K.’s Inclusive Former Chief Rabbi. https://t.co/d8qdh9CX4s
11/17
2020
Gary @garymarcus has been writing for years that many AI claims are fragile and overhyped. A new study confirms his… https://t.co/Z6C8smpo9I
11/16
2020
why is it so many college-educated people have trouble grasping that with the US population rising, it is standard… https://t.co/nwoNiKi8lM
Retweeted by Steven PinkerKing David, vile human being. “Appreciating the gulf that separates the man from the myth encourages readers to app… https://t.co/O0TyNMWA7ZThis is funny (and we won't try to take credit for the musical allusion). https://t.co/fqHkFxaauz
11/15
2020
Not Too Scary, Not Too Tame: Horror Experiences Need To Hit A “Sweet Spot” To Be Enjoyable https://t.co/lBXyCMPyiF via @researchdigest
11/13
2020
You can study fear in the lab, but in this study, "a large man with a bloody butcher’s apron and a pig mask emerged… https://t.co/wRwZDdiXTn
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11/12
2020
Chief Humanist Andrew Copson interviews Rebecca Goldstein @platobooktour https://t.co/bKcOEo1wVmRIP Boston institutionTommy Heinsohn. A disdain for officials, and a love for Celtics https://t.co/3DvC5YGAN0 via @BostonGlobeLest we forget. https://t.co/M11ALzHA3iVideo of my session at the World Federalist Movement conference last week (my talk begins around 25:00). https://t.co/OtBRbFcdkY
11/11
2020
Also out today: The Fabric of Civilization, a history of cloth by @vpostrel Virginia Postrel https://t.co/Fube3DvjqNThis is Cognitive Psychology 101, and flouting it is a major human factors fail by Google. https://t.co/6uhcspbT0WOut today: Bedeviled: A Shadow History of Demons in Science, by my colleague and neighbor Jimena Canales (including… https://t.co/hzwCywiYiwThe ethical way to alter organisms (thoughtful op-ed by MIT’s Kevin Esvelt). https://t.co/tc9cGTpS8v via @BostonGlobe
11/10
2020
Why Biden Can Unite America With Nuclear Power — Or Divide It With Renewables via @forbes https://t.co/kSzhAlRzN3After a hard election, the real work begins, say Harvard analysts and scholars (forgive the lame headline - this co… https://t.co/2zXXsQ7fCYPresident Trump’s attempt to reject the U.S. election outcome was largely met by silence from Republican leaders in… https://t.co/n7cv4eM7HmIn our case, the autonomy of electoral bureaucracies, mainstream media, the military, House of Reps, state governme… https://t.co/BePUizPgthPower is distributed across institutions. No leader can control every last citizen. As @EricaChenoweth has shown, t… https://t.co/yEcHN01VViA few years ago this scenario would have been terrifying, nearly unthinkable. Yet we're all partying. Why aren't we freaking out?We are technically in perhaps the worst governance crisis in US history. The commander-in-chief, in control of the… https://t.co/UEmBNWiV1oHappy Birthday, Quillette, a lungful of fresh air, and congratulations to Claire Lehmann @clairlemon for her remark… https://t.co/8ZZNB3zNiUAlav hashalom -- sad to hear of the passing of Lord Jonathan Sacks, former UK chief rabbi, a lovely, erudite, and h… https://t.co/mgnAFT9EpbThat metamagically paradoxical genius Douglas Hofstadter devised this cute ambigram. Whichever way you look at it,… https://t.co/gtjQiVi6yP
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11/9
2020
"Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our… https://t.co/ITwbwWhuB9Ever want to jump into your screensaver? These are the destinations behind them. https://t.co/Beig87OAWXIt‘s absurd that when we listen to digital music we’re deprived of info about the musicians, writers, & other metad… https://t.co/TpvifZVeIS
11/8
2020
A few minutes ago.... https://t.co/ZjZUE9PNQM
11/7
2020
An excellent suggestion from the past.... https://t.co/84EcUplusyHarvard experts (that would be Ryan Enos, Theda Skocpol, and me) weigh the good and bad of political predictions… https://t.co/Q8zhG88dfb
11/6
2020
Take it from a Canadian: When it comes to elections, dull is good. The US comes in last among major democracies in… https://t.co/wnsQq4aPzXHarvard analysts react to Trump's election lawsuits. https://t.co/6fT5aL5445 via @HarvardWe won't know this without further data, but it strikes me as plausible. What happened in 2020 that could have canc… https://t.co/9lgkML3KryFeeling stressed about the election? It’s not your imagination (insights from my colleague, and occasional guest le… https://t.co/AZDhTuT8lz
11/5
2020
This means you: For The Good of Our Democracy, Please Don’t Spread Unverified Election Rumors. (Most are from the r… https://t.co/MYGKqz5WlCHow do we make sense of the discrepancy between Betting Markets and Prediction Models? An observation from psycholo… https://t.co/B7OA3bkN6TBy the eminent psychologist David Myers: She Persisted: Lessons From the Life of Judith Rich Harris https://t.co/9pqJuWWHUfPro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics by Gleb Tsip... https://t.co/xCMElXy7OK via @amazonVoter turnout has been unevenly increasing over the years, but young people still stay home. https://t.co/RDQGFATeKPIf Trump tries to steal the election, people will surely protest. But stopping a coup requires more strategy,… https://t.co/PLMWUe8Nsh
11/2
2020
A dynamic graph is worth a thousand words. Superb graphic of COVID Cases since June by state partisanship https://t.co/pNnCJhSyPm
11/1
2020
My vote won’t decide the outcome, so it’s irrational to vote, right? Think again: The odds are small but nonzero (d… https://t.co/cFLFXA3RtTAnother eye-opening feature from @ourworldindata. One graph can show so much. Why is life expectancy in the US lowe… https://t.co/h2R7ZopvXd
10/31
2020
BREAKING: @JohnKerry endorses #YesOn2! “A yes vote on Question 2 affirms that tradition is alive for the next gene… https://t.co/J2yD6CKSfC
Retweeted by Steven PinkerOpinion | Alan Alda: I cannot remain silent as Trump rejects science and endangers lives https://t.co/QcDqX1hTUH
10/30
2020
An important, cogent, and data-driven argument by @Richardhanania : Americans hate each other. But we aren’t headed… https://t.co/TlRFhdGp3MThe West Wing We Knew by Susannah Jacob, one of Obama's speechwriters (who invited me in for a peek). https://t.co/73d7IKhSjD via @nybooksThis is how far the world has come in the fight against polio. In the 1980s more than 300,000 children were paraly… https://t.co/6m9gCYfyAU
Retweeted by Steven PinkerI too loved @NAChristakis Apollo's Arrow (talking to him Friday on my Science Salon podcast) but a small nit to pic… https://t.co/QYP5oRqZqx
Retweeted by Steven PinkerWhy fiction is good for you https://t.co/HaXAg9LZ3j via @BostonGlobe
10/29
2020
“You can think of hope as a PPE—a Personal Protective Emotion” https://t.co/LIdU3b9UsZ via @WSJCO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels May Have Peaked in 2019 https://t.co/cVf9TqVur8 via @TheBTIElection Beat 2020: How news outlets become misinformation superspreaders https://t.co/3yQrAJCFwkThe Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code by Michael McCullough, now available as an a… https://t.co/hXN6YmCycxActively open-minded? Good at thinking in guesstimates? Know what Bayesian reasoning is? Try your hand at rational… https://t.co/QbAqbGjkniBBC Radio 4 - Drama, Fusion Confidential. An effervescent radio play by my oldest friend, Marcy Kahan (we met at 13… https://t.co/ESs8Yo1MlIWhy Christians Should Dump Trump https://t.co/i2BjKlFipB via @BulwarkOnline
10/28
2020
That dog with 1000 words, your cat looking like she's reflecting on free will, parrots saying thanks - is human lan… https://t.co/0AvHm5WC20
Retweeted by Steven PinkerWhy Fourteen Critics of "Social Justice”/woke/identitarian/postmodernist/Critical-Theory illiberalism think You Sh… https://t.co/bvioJJ8uKOA different kind of interview, great fun. See below for some highlights that Matthew pulled out. https://t.co/08z4OD6V3RA fun interview ... not the same old questions. https://t.co/8kK0ZQQnlJHow to vote in your state https://t.co/ieZdWbtmk6Live concert by a great blues band — The Stephen Barry Band - I listened to them 45 years ago, before their harmoni… https://t.co/oW6lVI8vy0
10/27
2020
Planet Word Virtual Ribbon Cutting https://t.co/xtG9pl089Q via @YouTubePlanet Word Opens This Week. Here’s a Look Inside the High-Tech Language Museum. https://t.co/6nHWaN5hCr
10/26
2020
Even If You Are, For Some Reason, A Liberal, Single-Issue Anti-Wokeness Voter, You Still Shouldn't Vote For Trump https://t.co/vEVJ0lyUk5
10/25
2020
Global Zero Commends Nuclear Ban’s Entry into Force https://t.co/BjyfSEgdQU(19) Live | Facebook I'm speaking at a session on a conference on global governance ... now https://t.co/OtBRbFcdkY
10/24
2020
Far fewer American children attend preschool than in Canada or Europe, but a new study shows that those who do enjo… https://t.co/VEuoBF8izzTweetthread on the contributions by me & the other authors of the multi-authored PNAS piece on the pandemic and hum… https://t.co/xi9ce8JxIA
10/22
2020

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