"How did we get here?"
It's important for universities to embrace new ideas.
Steven Pinker see our greatest challenges as overcoming the obstacles to secular enlightenment in many parts of the world.
Synthesizing ideas really depends on having a universe of ideas to recombine in the first place, says Steven Pinker.
Cracking the almighty verb.
Language sheds light on the idea that the mind is a computational system.
People will always have a measure of self-deception.
Not all problems have to have a moralistic solution.
There's no such thing as free will in the sense of a ghost in the machine; our behavior is the product of physical processes in the brain rather than some mysterious soul, says Pinker.
Steven Pinker starts by asserting that using the word God or faith for that which you don't know is a cop out. He goes on to describe what he sees as humankind's purpose.
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