This shortened version of chapter six of Stride Toward Freedom appeared in the September issue of Fellowship.
Steven PinkerMLK was, among all else, a supple & non-dogmatic intellectual. "My Pilgrimage to Nonviolence" recounts his reading of Enlightenment thinkers, discomfort w Marx & Nietzsche, appreciation of both sides of human nature, discovery of Gandhi, much else.
The activist class is increasingly prone to claiming even anodyne developments are an apocalypse.
Steven PinkerApocalypse Fatigue, by Christine Rosen. Climate change & nuclear war are potentially catastrophic. Not every crisis du jour is. (And those who think doom-saying advances progressive causes should recall Trump's "American carnage" inaugural address.)
In the onslaught of titles published each year, friends of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards can deploy a powerful technique to sift the wheat from the chaff: Find the new work from those writers already in the canon. Here are some gems sitting atop...
Steven PinkerMusic training is great for learning music, an inherently valuable experience, but has NO benefit for math, language, IQ, etc. Big new (tho not yet peer-reviewed) meta-analysis. psyarxiv.com/7s8wr/ via @OSFramework
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Harvard Music Lab Summer Internship 2020
At the Music Lab, we study the basic science of music in an effort to understand how and why humans produce and perceive music at all ages and across all cultures. We are recruiting...
Living conditions around the world are changing rapidly. Explore how and why.
Steven PinkerAre you a designer or Web developer who wants to contribute to the spread of knowledge & to human progress? Our World in Data is one of the best things on the Web -- and they're hiring!
In the first quartet of 2016, the level of war violence has fallen by more than half.
Steven PinkerThe year the war fever broke: Joshua Goldstein & I stuck our necks out 3 years ago and noted that the post-Better-Angels civil war increase had reversed. So far despite some lingering horrors (Yemen, Syria, ...) the decline has continued. bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/0… via @BostonGlobe