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Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters | Steven Pinker

June 21st, 2022 19:00   --   20:00

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European Network on Religion & Belief (ENORB) is hosting a conversation for reflection and connection with Steven Pinker, experimental psychologist, and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Pinker in interested in all aspects of language and mind, and his research particularly focuses on common knowledge, language acquisition, emotion, the moral sense, rationality, and trends in violence.

In his latest book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters, Pinker attempts to unravel the paradox that, while science has made considerable progress, scepticism towards it is still widespread, leading, for example, to the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories.

The conversation will be moderated by ENORB Director Mark Ereira-Guyer. This online Together for Reflection & Connection session is part of a programme of interfaith dialogue events being planned by ENORB in partnership with many others, including United Religions Initiative Europe, European Network Against Racism, and Civil Society Consulting CIC.

About Steven Pinker

Pinker has won many prizes for his works. His best-known and award-winning books are The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and Enlightenment Now.

Time included Pinker in the “100 Most Influential People in the World Today”, and the magazine Foreign Policy in the “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals”. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, and a recipient of nine honorary doctorates. He was Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and, among others, he writes for the New York Times, the Guardian, and The Atlantic. His last book, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters, was published in September 2021.

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