Steven Pinker

Canada, 1954

Steven Pinker is a renowned linguist, cognitive scientist and psychologist. He is one of the most influential voices in the current debate on progress, arguing that humanism, science, and reason have contributed to creating a more civilized, less violent world. Pinker studied experimental psychology at McGill, MIT, and Harvard, where he is currently Professor of Psychology. He has written a number of bestselling books on language, the mind, and human nature, including The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997) and The Blank Slate (2002/2016). His book The Better Angels of our Nature (2011) presented extensive quantitative evidence that the present is less violent than the past. Pinker has also written for publications such as The Atlantic and The New York Times, and sparked a famous debate with Leon Wieseltier with his article on the status of science in The New Republic. Time, Prospect and Foreign Policy have listed him among the top 100 most influential intellectuals in the world.