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Cognitive scientist at Harvard.

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MLK was, among all else, a supple & non-dogmatic intellectual. "My Pilgrimage to Nonviolence" recounts his reading… https://t.co/MhvqmRPC7qAs with laws within a country, international laws, norms, & institutions work to everyone’s benefit in a world with… https://t.co/wBeCCEhQFy
1/20
2020
NYT obit for my teacher and childhood neighbor: Ronald Melzack, Cartographer of Pain, Is Dead at 90 https://t.co/lPVvkRQvR8Andrew Sullivan: Is There a Way to Acknowledge America’s Progress? https://t.co/3NQflFpxGl via @intelligencer
1/18
2020
Optimism vs. Pessimism About the World’s Future | A debate & discussion with two of my favorite commentators, Rober… https://t.co/I3in3ox27gApocalypse Fatigue, by Christine Rosen. Climate change & nuclear war are potentially catastrophic. Not every crisis… https://t.co/4uF2H1vkLsPut These 2019 Titles On Your 2020 Book List https://t.co/p3UCE7tdK8 via @AnisfieldWolfMy lunch with Jerry. https://t.co/y8mqllalhU via @EvolutionistrueMüssen wir uns vor den nächsten zehn Jahren fürchten? Nein. Auch wenn einiges schief läuft: Das Gute besteht zumeis… https://t.co/pHABOSQnTnMusic training is great for learning music, an inherently valuable experience, but has NO benefit for math, languag… https://t.co/bdmwELIdrCMultiple book review, w authors' response, of Oona Hathaway & Scott Shapiro's brilliant The Internationalists, wh a… https://t.co/LUslYclgdg
1/17
2020
Stanislas Dehaene is unparalleled among cognitive neuroscientists in his ability to explain mind, brain, & consciou… https://t.co/tHNR1eQiorQui a (toujours) peur de Darwin ? - article by Peggy Sastre @nikitakarachoi in Le Point https://t.co/szez6mrQUE
1/16
2020
The diagnostic feature of life is that it captures energy to create order. This is also a hallmark of civilisation.… https://t.co/PbAbRDyG51
Retweeted by Steven PinkerWe're accepting applications for the 2020 Harvard Music Lab summer internship! Come work with us in Cambridge. Appl… https://t.co/HzlDRJdyyA
Retweeted by Steven PinkerHomicide Rates Around the World Continue to Fall to Record-Low Levels Year After Year https://t.co/blyv9k1qqm
1/15
2020
Security can’t be built on promises of mass destruction. It’s time to put an end to policies that threaten the firs… https://t.co/9QFnTGrJKd
Retweeted by Steven PinkerAre you a designer or Web developer who wants to contribute to the spread of knowledge & to human progress? Our Wor… https://t.co/jx9wNsumjI
1/14
2020
Why do we keep panicking over tech? Good analysis of the causes of technopanic by the curator of the Pessimist’s Ar… https://t.co/ObjRrKSf0s
1/13
2020
A veiled threat, an example of indirect speech ...For an explanation, See The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Windo… https://t.co/rOnU1F0aEZWhen it came out 10 years ago I said it was the best book either of us had ever written. Authors are always proudes… https://t.co/MQWf5VCZ76
1/12
2020
When it came out 10 years ago I said it was the best book either of us had ever written. Authors are always proudes… https://t.co/a7TKECB8YjThe protagonist of Rebecca Goldstein's "36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction" thought he had li… https://t.co/4osLjLZnS3Is language proof of God's existence? (Betteridge's Law of Headlines applies.) https://t.co/EewaLArREtAnd a recent Rand report projecting future trends (to be taken with some salt). https://t.co/bbaKh5t2UEUpdated graph on war deaths (through ‘18, the most recent year w data) showing the post-Arab-Spring uptick & its re… https://t.co/nuBjTZobQfThe year the war fever broke: Joshua Goldstein & I stuck our necks out 3 years ago and noted that the post-Better-… https://t.co/5XCegucZPUTrump & Iran’s stepping back from war (at least so far) is a sign of the times: War (especially between states) has… https://t.co/aMCIkVyedA
1/11
2020
William McFeely, Historian of Reconstruction, biographer of Frederick Douglass, pioneer of African American history… https://t.co/oluGXeZdXuSteve Pinker clarifies issues about his interview. https://t.co/crqChdCifE via @EvolutionistrueA tribute to pain researcher (and one of my mentors) Ronald Melzack (1929 – 2019) - McGill Reporter https://t.co/VC3EkHjfRQA new interview with Steve Pinker: Jerry Coyne agrees with some parts, disagrees with others. https://t.co/fJ4PjJt0wF via @EvolutionistrueThis astonishing change is consistent with the long-running global shift from traditional to secular-rational value… https://t.co/Ci08vOoGdT
1/10
2020
Was 2019 the Worst Year Ever? Psychologist Carey Morewedge asked this about the year 2017 in 2018. His research on… https://t.co/s2Ty4NWKlM
1/9
2020
2: How to solve climate change https://t.co/3XftlHzNos via @voxdotcomTwo more on climate: (1) The Tragedy of Germany’s Energy Experiment (poorly reasoned shutdown of nuclear). https://t.co/O5Du4CoDqSLessons from Australia’s Bushfires for the climate crisis from @clairlemon: More science, less politics & demonizat… https://t.co/43XjV7wXbPThe Better Angels of our Nature identifies Feminization (plus Leviathan, Gentle Commerce, Expanding Circle, & Escal… https://t.co/NUxxD4KZj4Want an end to wars?Let women run the world. Not 100% true: Thatcher, Gandhi, Kumaratanga fought, as did many queen… https://t.co/67LNU2nEYLAmazing Winners of the 2019 Bird Photographer of the Year Contest https://t.co/vySxBe8gW7 via @mymodernmet
1/8
2020
Threats to Free Speech at University, and How to Deal with Them—Part 2. I don’t agree with all the remedies (partic… https://t.co/7VqedLReHMA very thorough pair of articles by Noah Carl, who knows a thing or two about this issue: Threats to Free Speech at… https://t.co/xmAW7xZtPGHomicides fell, green space grew and your weather forecast got a lot more precise. The last 10 years were filled wi… https://t.co/9A0gNQkZb8If 2020 is the year to worry about nukes, then every Democratic candidate needs to lay out their plans for confront… https://t.co/RAVC9ud6Y7
Retweeted by Steven PinkerTributes pour in for pain-research pioneer Ronald Melzack https://t.co/Klt480vI2k
1/7
2020
Astrology for iGeners. This is not your Ok Boomer astrology! The New York Times gives a glowing review of an astro… https://t.co/fkBid1CAd4
Retweeted by Steven Pinkerhttps://t.co/53uJN3HmLOSteven pinker | thoughts of an intellectual - IntellectInterviews https://t.co/lQAd7npOCoFor the third time in a year or so, the New York Times publishes a credulous article on astrology: "Your Favorite I… https://t.co/J3BH8GzClH
1/5
2020
Fascinating data for face perception researchers: NYT visitors mistook Athletes, Politicians and Celebrities not ju… https://t.co/bXz0LvUTa2‘Little Women’ as a comment on theodicy and a reminder of progress (plunging child mortality). Rich graphic by Beth… https://t.co/uAW9YZ5AAR
1/4
2020
@thosjleeper P.S. It would have taken 40 seconds to access the explanation via Amazon's "Look inside the book." Why… https://t.co/dVFP5fric2 @thosjleeper Explained in EN 224-8 & Welzel 2013 Fig 4-4. Yes, estimates, but not linear extrapolations w fake nois… https://t.co/iOoGbKSUL3The Times view on human welfare and the future: Getting Better https://t.co/G8bA2Cqsdb
1/2
2020
Trump signs Blumenthal & Toomey’s bill to ban animal cruelty (& can’t help sullying the event with obtuse remarks a… https://t.co/aRBEFwxLwS
1/1
2019
Blasting Enlightenment Values Into Martian Orbit - Quillette https://t.co/z3u1j8aHKiAnd for the opposing view: Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2019 https://t.co/TxgrN7XV1HA complementary (though less hedged) article: Reasons to be Hopeful - Quillette https://t.co/R6145ca5q3 via @QuilletteSteven Pinker: what can we expect from the 2020s? [Just out from behind the Financial Times paywall]… https://t.co/KjlOkqcqaeAnother columnist looks at numbers & history, not the morning's headlines, & advises, "Ignore the doomsayers. There… https://t.co/TOZO7SCBGm
12/31
2019
Here are six reasons to be optimistic about 2020 (from CNBC): https://t.co/ZhPqKUdb1SJamaica: A Small Democracy With an Outsize Global Influence. Review of friend and colleague Orlando Patterson's The… https://t.co/piv5lgkYH0This Has Been the Best Year Ever: Lovely end-of-year column by NYT’s Nicholas Kristof. https://t.co/dpzLy8Hyhd
12/29
2019
In Canada, some reasons for (a teensy bit of cautious) optimism on the climate change front in 2020 | CBC News https://t.co/mKyRv9quraHarvard study says music a universal language | CBC News https://t.co/RT8RH2DIEn
12/28
2019
Why Writing Better Will Make You a Better Person https://t.co/CWHt6Vv12D via @chronicleBengio-Marcus AI Debate Post Mortem, Part I: The Deep Learning Pivot by @GaryMarcus https://t.co/26QrmzhKJcSteven Pinker: what can we expect from the 2020s? (Perhaps recklessly, I took on this assignment from the Financial… https://t.co/dpausVbyLzWhat was so great about the 2010s https://t.co/QopB2ot3lm via @BostonGlobe
12/27
2019
Rising Enlightenment ideals in the Islamic world, riding a 6-decade global wave of liberal values documented by Wor… https://t.co/1yo5pv6Qo0A two-l llama, he's a beast. Beautiful Peru: My newest photo gallery. Machu Picchu, New World camelids, goose-stepp… https://t.co/HG6JNK2OQOOne more on AI: “All of the models that we have learned how to train are about passing a test or winning a game wit… https://t.co/XjM84fDT12Excellent summary of AI developments in 2019. https://t.co/X0qgVNjYAjA bisl Yiddish: Add to German a large helping of Hebrew and a dollop of Slavic. Stir. Let marinate. https://t.co/7wwrWzynGI via @slateThis is what the heroes of the 21st Century look like. Distributing copies of Enlightenment Now by @sapinker and… https://t.co/xuPkCKHJXa
Retweeted by Steven PinkerOpinion | 19 good things that happened in 2019 https://t.co/IJJhj42nxLAnd a more extensive list here: 99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn't Hear About in 2019 - https://t.co/hn5gIfjrnkSame-sex marriage & abortion in Ulster; malaria vaccine; reduced child mortality worldwide; endangered mountain gor… https://t.co/qtIf9IeG4CReport on the Historic AI debate between @GaryMarcus and Yoshua Bengio. Do smart systems need symbols, variables, i… https://t.co/kUR7oCcohr
12/26
2019
Very strange bedfellows: The hard left hates the center-left more than it hates Trump, and may help, with the hard… https://t.co/6R4PocUX6HClimate action will have to embrace many efforts, including the original carbon capture tech, trees. Claude Garcia,… https://t.co/I5ARyvn2V6The 27 weirdest government stories of 2019 https://t.co/lwti67VXI1 via @apoliticalcoApplying behavioral science to policy & governance pays for itself, reducing bias, harassment, abuse, waste, litter… https://t.co/u9TRuIbHJ7Fascinating Interview on medieval justice (including gruesome and wacky trial by ordeal) with Harvard legal scholar… https://t.co/RxJVArko0cSad to lose Harvard colleague James McCarthy, environmentalist, dead at 75 https://t.co/bxHpHDPGQr via @Harvard
12/25
2019
Sad to hear of the passing of my childhood neighbor and undergraduate mentor Dr. Ronald Melzack -- A pioneer in the… https://t.co/XiP1PJ8S4OAn unusually deep and thorough report on our Science paper on music. https://t.co/ChwiuJKu7R
12/24
2019
With climate, the closest thing to good news is that we might avoid the worst news: The world seems to have turned… https://t.co/lk12ek2la3RIP Baba Ram Dass: predecessor in the Harvard Psych department; icon of my youth with his bestseller Be Here Now; a… https://t.co/pAmFxsYAivThe Economist’s country of the year - Which nation improved the most in 2019? https://t.co/5DMZNMUFP6I've found that many people (especially, oddly enough, "progressives") are infuriated by evidence for progress. So… https://t.co/DUI5xkrAPlRacial segregation in US cities has declined. https://t.co/c9RjWB34QfAIDS is being beaten (not quickly enough, but significantly). https://t.co/GBzVC1K5y7Three graphs from a recent issue of The Economist on under-reported positive developments; 1. Taxes & transfers mit… https://t.co/sw7pxxxb5kDeontologists can be very irritable. https://t.co/eoWqQUVbk8
Retweeted by Steven PinkerShtetl-Optimized (entertaining & informative blog by theoretical computer scientist Scott Aaronson). NIPS vs. Neu… https://t.co/7EhFsHX3wmChronocentrism: Bigotry against ancestors and earlier times. Pico Iyer explains. https://t.co/BjbjBiYxK4Speaking of which, data journalist Leah Libresco finds that many popular beliefs about gun control lack evidence or… https://t.co/dj59FoTXOyPublic health research & evidence-based harm reduction policies save lives: tens of 1000s a year, every year. Apply… https://t.co/NXmNUHutFF
12/23
2019
A major theme of my 2 books on progress is that modernity replaces ties of clan & tribe w individual freedom & inst… https://t.co/Hqh5cHZ3Tm
12/22
2019

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