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Cognitive scientist at Harvard.

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These are much harder. https://t.co/gFwewFljywI like to replenish my collection of visual illusions with the amazing examples from Akiyoshi Kataoka. This one isn… https://t.co/9mZuxQo5PeJohn McWhorter @johnhmcwhorter offers a linguist's perspective on banning words with tenuous connections to racist… https://t.co/M9lSqmbLBFWhen you want to fake something, what’s best: face-to-face meetings, video chats, phone calls or email? What new su… https://t.co/0vkuLNZYmU
8/13
2020
Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, who wrote a tune that became an anthem of perseverance in troubled times, discusses th… https://t.co/XNydZfGKan
8/12
2020
The default math class in high school should be Statistics instead of Calculus
Retweeted by Steven PinkerObscurity inspires awe. Cognitive scientist Dan Sperber explains the Guru Effect: Professional intellectuals may be… https://t.co/FUSJ7pT6nl
8/11
2020
A discovery in language acquisition: Newborn’s Textbook Icelandic Mistaken For Incoherent Babbling https://t.co/0SIXAbnLRKSastre – Le tribunal des bien-pensants (piece from a few weeks ago about the LSA letter.) https://t.co/2s6fjrgD89https://t.co/IqtZLD12y0My new book on COVID-19, APOLLO'S ARROW, is out in October with @lbsparkbooks @littlebrown.… https://t.co/hspF2f3TDx
Retweeted by Steven PinkerFat Man & Little Boy: A different opinion on the end of WWII and a detailed case for long-term abolition. https://t.co/OSsFvQyP8hEvery Canadian knows this story: How the explosive destruction of Halifax holds lessons — and hope — for Beirut. (N… https://t.co/oQ3ogu2N05
8/10
2020
Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting. https://t.co/QktXZGQ73Y via @amazonhttps://t.co/XZ70Hu11po6. Let's make this as an issue in the election and beyond: https://t.co/9KLl4IGNR35. Nuclear disarmament has been happening (85% reduction!) but Trump & Putin are pushing in the wrong direction. https://t.co/tUyWNiCwbW4. Let's not press our luck: Nuclear war is unlikely, but not astronomically unlikely. Global Zero (total abolition… https://t.co/SCKNiox54d3. Let's not forget the human cost and mind-boggling immorality of nuclear weapons: https://t.co/WAYojtNlQE2. Reasonable people debate these issues, but my view is that (a) Nukes don't deserve credit for the Long Peace; (b… https://t.co/rAcUttvezQ“The world is moving ineluctably towards a third world war—a strategic nuclear war. I do not believe that anything… https://t.co/cV5Xr9MrLkThoughts on the 75th anniversary of Nagasaki. 1. We should savor the pleasant surprise that no nuclear weapon has b… https://t.co/lduty4ZXHH
8/9
2020
Worth remembering in the darkest days of our current pandemic. https://t.co/YwVnVDeCyiA Hidden Brain Commencement address (including a vignette on how The Language Instinct changed one person's life). https://t.co/bG749sGXYa
8/8
2020
NOVA: The Violence Paradox | PBS LearningMedia https://t.co/XTg1VfrlcyCheck out this video from @PBS: NOVA, The Violence Paradox https://t.co/XdOS1rS8kdThe Violence Paradox, a NOVA series based on The Better Angels of Our Nature, is a finalist for an Emmy in the cate… https://t.co/3eheRUdE7gAbolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure https://t.co/up7Xc0ueiF
8/7
2020
On the 75th anniversaries of the nuclear attacks on #Hiroshima and #Nagasaki, we’re calling on global leaders to wo… https://t.co/z7qIner9vu
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8/6
2020
Hero of Progress: #50 in a series of 50. @HumanProgress https://t.co/H34qG6vsyk #HumanProgressData“What we need is a culture where we all are open to having our ideas falsified” @sapinker discusses the shortcoming… https://t.co/orU40XtyNe
Retweeted by Steven PinkerIs he a DOCTOR-a-doctor, or a doctor-a-PhD? How to punctuate contrastive focus reduplication and other conundrums o… https://t.co/8689UWLVKGDementia on the Retreat in the U.S. and Europe https://t.co/At7YpduobQThe Blank Slate persists: “How Trump’s Upbringing Molded His Personality.” No mention in th coverage that personali… https://t.co/bo1Xf6nhrR
8/5
2020
Academic acceleration has no negative long-term effects on the psychological well-being of gifted youth… https://t.co/9KfFYHmEWP
8/4
2020
and Late-Talking Children, which anticipated Simon Baron-Cohen on the extreme male brain...Sowell is a libertarian… https://t.co/dXvWJPpILYThe Quest for Cosmic Justice, which compares this quixotic pursuit with the quest for human justice; Intellectuals… https://t.co/U4K7HoOu4UA Conflict of Visions, which identifies the rival theories of the human condition underlying left-wing and right-wi… https://t.co/orscc5iAdcAs I said in an interview last year https://t.co/36ItqZIh5A his 30 books include "his Culture trilogy which (among… https://t.co/Hx0M6Kb576Thomas Sowell is among the most brilliant & original thinkers I've read. Excellent new profile by Coleman Hughes… https://t.co/25UESLPRqXMy colleague, fellow cyclist, biology professor, & curator of ornithology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoolog… https://t.co/n97g8Soeig
8/3
2020
The Dark Arts | Glenn Loury & John McWhorter [The Glenn Show] "A truly medieval moment..." (I'm proud to get a brie… https://t.co/BlMnmLIZMHI already snagged this cartoon for my book on Rationality (in progress). Thanks to Roz Pinker (my mother) for flagg… https://t.co/77ok35l6fzand her intellectual fierceness is expressed with wit, charm, and respect for those she disagrees with. This collec… https://t.co/F1nHSL2usGMy blurb: "For half a century, Lila Gleitman has been one of the great minds in cognitive science. Brilliant, innov… https://t.co/3QR742Jwx8For psycholinguists & cognitive scientists: Sentence First, Arguments Afterward (Lila Gleitman's greatest hits, wit… https://t.co/sHPG6CgofP
8/2
2020
The Roots Of Wokeness: Insightful review by @sullydish of Pluckrose & Lindsay’s “Cynical Theories,” on the philosop… https://t.co/KXCkpZOV67
8/1
2020
Ep. 9 Michael Shermer | The Covid Tonic https://t.co/GIGiw3cJNx via @YouTubeThe arc of history bends toward justice: Share of countries where homosexuality is legal https://t.co/1Tv7HRQJ9qProgress often runs like a subterranean stream beneath storms & wildfires of the day: Why the biggest land conserva… https://t.co/Oqx4Y3cthnShould we solve climate change, or signal our virtue while moaning we're doomed? Solomon Goldstein-Rose lays out th… https://t.co/cNO8QESFGOWrestling hindsight bias down to zero is too taxing. But it’s worth reflecting, now & then, on our fallibility—& ad… https://t.co/wh4WJk1dEF
Retweeted by Steven PinkerMine too. https://t.co/n9NgRF2Hq3What's fascinating about Rebecca is her belief in 'epistemic responsibility' – the idea that behind every action i… https://t.co/HGYIRWhoHa
Retweeted by Steven PinkerNew episode of #WhatIBelieve with US philosopher and novelist, Rebecca Goldstein (@platobookstore) – once awarded t… https://t.co/w3tpsPRb6g
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7/31
2020
Open Letter to Joe Biden - Commit to steps to reduce the chance of nuclear war https://t.co/9KLl4IGNR3Irrationality in action: Americans are suffering. Trump offers them a doctor who warns of sex with demons. https://t.co/W4dYqvYFVxLinguist John McWhorter on Our Oppressive Moment - Quillette https://t.co/JtZH0tOBRy via @Quillette
7/29
2020
Out today: PEN President Suzanne Nossel's new book on free speech. https://t.co/IWyxeYzkCuEnvironmental progress is possible, if we seek it. https://t.co/1L5ckZNBfnTaxonomy of Fear: Excellent essay by Emily Yoffe on today's collective mercilessness, bogus "safety" as grounds for… https://t.co/JP8Q7Em9uQOpinion | Sputnik set off the Space Age. This virus can spark the Health Age. https://t.co/lUDOYKR9H1
7/28
2020
Why Trumpism won’t outlive Trump: It's intellectual bankrupt (despite grasping at counter-Enlightenment authoritari… https://t.co/we3r1xx5BUWhy Have So Many American Conservatives Embraced COVID-19 Pseudoscience? - Quillette https://t.co/zDLmvnL3Nt via @QuilletteRational optimist Matt Ridley: 5 reasons why the coronavirus nightmare may soon be over https://t.co/6ybrPSkrl1In the midst of our acute crises, we should not forget long-term trends that are likely to persist & resume. https://t.co/w93Xddj9pMThe real reason we're afraid of robots. My research collaborator Iris Berent argues it’s that A.I. violates deep co… https://t.co/GfCfvbsjytWe are *thrilled* to introduce the incredible team of organizers bringing you #BlackInNeuroWeek! ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏿✊🏼 Follow t… https://t.co/5wbY6UdweM
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7/27
2020
Language Log » Comment on an XKCD comic on our ability to interpret text message word substitutions. https://t.co/K8aHhlBEas‘I Am A Scientist’ offers students STEM role models https://t.co/WVVpMfMqqK via @HarvardNYT obituary of my academic grandparent (advisor of my advisor) and dept chair at Stanford, the wise & witty Gordon… https://t.co/5RErDRcKxhNow What Podcast interview of me by Harvard students Sewon Park & Akash Bagaria: (@nowwhatpod2020) • Instagram phot… https://t.co/LqMC0suUVRMade by two Harvard undergrads, “Now What? Navigating the Post-Corona 20s” aims to help our generation make sense o… https://t.co/JF07dSDUHKRegarding my favorite illustration of the psychology of disgust: Are great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts r… https://t.co/g533w0hrhvEpidemics are as old as human settlement. https://t.co/P7NMM2CDsp
7/26
2020
O Canada! As with many stats on well-being, the USA underperforms its peers. They take Covid seriously: My family c… https://t.co/ZIqjuipr0FViolence in America: does perception match reality? - I discuss stats on violence and other causes of death on CNN… https://t.co/MxhJWcTxoGOpinion | Stop fretting about Trump and do something about it. Right now. https://t.co/lFIASHfsvB
7/25
2020
The Future of Nonconformity https://t.co/A9JG9mKoKvCeasefire: an app for elevated dialogue by Ceasefire https://t.co/hvRjvUWwSxI agree that this is an incisive essay (as Graham’s often are). https://t.co/N93ZF0kufYNational Academies of Science, Engineering, & Medicine Committee on Human Rights Condemns Attacks Against Scientist… https://t.co/JrW6huDsfU(2) Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share https://t.co/tkhDNtbLwW via @CatoInstituteTwo studies released this month come to the same conclusion. (1) Keeping Your Mouth Shut: Spiraling Self-Censorship… https://t.co/CDBtVsBZluA Manifesto for Globalization by Charles Kenney (author of Getting Better, one of the inspirations for Enlightenmen… https://t.co/c1UhayIw6O
7/24
2020
The Why is Not the Same as the How: Laith Al-Shawaf @LaithAlShawaf argues "the conflation of the proximate and ulti… https://t.co/bbD8btdnTCAnswer: $428 less EdX, the online course provider created by MIT and Harvard, has announced that it will offer a 3… https://t.co/ljKUzRtUhy
Retweeted by Steven PinkerFrom the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Linguists’ campaign against Pinker flops, but still trouble… https://t.co/pZ9Tm1GBmpWe must protect the environment and combat climate change, but how? Judicious review by Alex Trembath from the eco-… https://t.co/kBKYfDo9q2New evidence from Corey Cusimano & Tania Lombroso that we're all victims of the Moralistic Fallacy: We believe what… https://t.co/OVk6n5Tr2LWhat we lose when we turn our backs on persuasion by @PamelaParesky and Shadi Bartsch https://t.co/nObja1heWL via @jdforwardSteven Pinker interview: How does a liberal optimist handle a pandemic? https://t.co/jnfxvFhy2E“An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him, The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman desp… https://t.co/FJd8Ttz67B
7/23
2020
Psychiatrist Sally Satel @slsatel: Take Kanye West's illness more seriously than his presidential ambitions… https://t.co/4oPl8FttFBAn example of IBB's unique and invaluable work: https://t.co/zQc0TojSk4Enlightenment Now in Kurdistan (Faisal Al Mutar, awesome founder of Ideas Beyond Borders, on Kurdish TV, talking ab… https://t.co/30zINsnr1kIn Intro Psych lectures, I use responses to some of these items to illustrate effects of brain damage. "The doctor… https://t.co/WygAjdIDXjBradley Campbell’s analysis of wokeness—a Culture of Victimhood, superseding the Cultures of Honor and of Dignity—i… https://t.co/cJ4Br0UC1O
7/22
2020
I’m a Nobody. The Harper’s Letter was for Me. https://t.co/LIRcOIAJpm via @areomagazineThe arc of the moral universe bends toward justice: Sudan Will Scrap Alcohol and Apostasy Laws, and End Flogging https://t.co/blfpIbijLAComet Neowise over Provincetown Harbor https://t.co/8yaD08W2LF
7/21
2020

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