Harvard Prof Steven Pinker on The Better Angels of Our Nature
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Author Robert Burton, M.D., the former chief of neurology at Mt. Zion, UCSF discusses his new book A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves with Tucker Hiatt of Wonderfest. Burton delves into the fascinating question of what really makes us tick, as he reports on his deep exploration into the mysteries of the brain and consciousness. He also discusses the latest advancements in the field, which have led some to the alarming conclusion that nature, not nurture, is at the root of all behavior. He's expected to lay out his own theories, as he does in the book, through an engaging mix of clinical observations, thought experiments and personal anecdotes. Learn More
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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.”
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