Author Topic: Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker  (Read 5929 times)

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Re: Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2018, 05:40:28 AM »
Just yesterday I listened to an interview with him on Joe Rogan's podcast.  It is episode #1073 from Feb 04, 2018 (podcast, youTube).   The book sounds interesting, I plan on reading it. A long time ago I also planned on reading "The Better Angels of Our Nature", but completely forgot about it until I listened to this interview yesterday.

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Re: Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2018, 04:30:45 PM »
Every time this book comes up, my mind goes:


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Re: Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2018, 05:52:24 PM »
Serenity now, insanity later.
"Serenity now, insanity later." - Lloyd Braun

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Re: Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker
« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2018, 02:13:44 AM »
Just ordered on audio. I'm really liking the rise of the honest, thoughtful lefty's.

Not sure Pinker would call himself a lefty. He gets attacked by both sides. I think the left dislikes a lot of his evolutionary psychology stuff...

That's when you know you're an independent thinker: Once one side accuses you of being on the other side and vice versa, and all you're trying to do is figure out what's what on a case by case basis, so you don't fit into the nice arbitrary binary tribal divide that most people slot themselves into.

Or maybe it's because he loudly declared himself to be an atheist.  Most on the left are religious, as are those on the right, that's the main reason you get the bashing.  Was the same for Feynman. Einstein also got bashed when he expressed his opinion.