Steven Pinker


A recent poll demonstrates that while Donald Trump and the Republican party are in complete denial of reality, most of the public are rather sensible, and are not like this. There is also a deeper message here as well, one that is very encouraging, but hidden in the details. First, […]

Deeper encouraging trend emerges from recent #climate poll data


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A common foundational idea of religious belief is the classic sales pitch – “here is a hideous problem within human nature, but I have a product that will fix it for you”, but if the problem itself is fictitious, then the proposed “solution” is attempting to fix a problem you do not […]

Is sin real – Are we really just a few heartbeats away from depravity and ...


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There are plenty of what can perhaps be best described as “me-to” books that simply replay the same arguments, and that applies to both the religious and non-religious sides of the full conversation. Now please don’t misunderstand me here, there are many great books out there, and even if they do […]

Book Alert: Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible



A rather common religious claim is that by default humans are violent and that without the moral guidance of a god, our natural instincts will lead to great darkness and evil … cue citations for Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc… and you are then advised either implicitly or even explicitly that this would […]

peace on earth: Is the world becoming a better place, or worse?


Now this is interesting, it’s a TED talk, but in a format I’ve never seen before – they have animated it, and also it is a duo, not a single individual. The TED site describes it as follows … In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and […]

The long reach of reason – Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein