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Steven Pinker - Our Opinions have been Criminalized

Steven Pinker on Chatter that Matters

My chat with one of today's most influential thinkers will leave you thinking more. Professor Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, one of Foreign Policy's "World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals" and Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today."

Professor Pinker talks about his research and the concepts he reveals in his best-selling books; for instance, Pinker's Better Angels of Our Nature reveals that violence is, in fact, in decline, and we are living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence.

In Rationality, Pinker examines how humans can, on the one hand, develop COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year yet produce volumes of fake news daily. In The Blank Slate, he examines the origins of human nature and challenges the arguments of nature versus nurture. I also share his concern that opinion has been criminalized and endorse his thinking that we must curb negativity and single-minded perspectives.

Pinker offers his views on education's current state and offers powerful ideas about what our children should and should not be taught. We then talk about Democracy, why it is in a recession, and what must be done to preserve it.

Some fantastic takeaways from the brilliant Steven Pinker.

Alan Depencier, the Chief Marketing Officer of RBC, joins the show to talk about how brands are under attack in social media and that the best way to counter this is to understand your purpose, have a culture that understands and embraces it, look at feedback, positive or negative as a gift.


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