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More about Steven Pinker

Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Steven Pinker is one of science's superstars, variously known as science's agent provocateur and an evolutionary rock-star. Together with his wife Rebecca Goldstein he has been described as part of America's 'brainiest couple'.

Inspiration

"Who are we? Where did we come from? What is human nature?"

The study of language

"MIT unquestionably had the world's best multi-disciplinary programme in language."

Fame... and controversy

"All of the debate and controversy is over X, Y and Z rather than on the actual substance."

Keeping the politics out

"The political, moral and emotional clouds that have hovered over the scientific study of human-beings."

Better angels, inner demons

"Violence has been in decline for long stretches of history... "

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