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Steven Pinker

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Steven Pinker (1954–) is a Canadian-American experimental psychologist and public figure. He is considered one of the most influential living figures in science and a leading expert on language and the mind.

He is known to general audiences as the author of numerous books ranging in subject from the mind and brain to human nature, violence, and language, including The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (2002), and The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (2011).

Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serving also as Director of the McDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (1994–99) and earlier as Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Science (1985–84). He frequently appears on public debate panels (2005) and discussions and writes for numerous...

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  • “The Science of Gender and Science: Pinker vs. Spelke, A Debate,”, April 22, 2005.

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Kiai, A. (2018). Steven Pinker. In: Shackelford, T., Weekes-Shackelford, V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham.

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