Steven Pinker / Feb 23, 2020

Hotheads Award winning writer and psychologist Steven Pinker has continually shown that provocative complex ideas can be translated into bestsellers In this extract from How the Mind Works he takes us deep in

  • Title: Hotheads
  • Author: Steven Pinker
  • ISBN: 9780141022383
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Award winning writer and psychologist Steven Pinker has continually shown that provocative, complex ideas can be translated into bestsellers In this extract from How the Mind Works he takes us deep into the human psyche as he considers people s desire for happiness, the power of the emotions and how love can come to conquer all.

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    About "Steven Pinker"

      • Steven Pinker

        Steven Arthur Pinker is a prominent Canadian American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, and author of popular science Pinker is known for his wide ranging advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and The New Republic, and is the author of seven books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, and most recently, The Stuff of Thought Language as a Window into Human Nature.He was born in Canada and graduated from Montreal s Dawson College in 1973 He received a bachelor s degree in experimental psychology from McGill University in 1976, and then went on to earn his doctorate in the same discipline at Harvard in 1979 He did research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT for a year, then became an assistant professor at Harvard and then Stanford University From 1982 until 2003, Pinker taught at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and eventually became the director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Except for a one year sabbatical at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1995 6 As of 2008, he is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard.Pinker was named one of Time Magazine s 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and one of Prospect and Foreign Policy s 100 top public intellectuals in 2005 He has also received honorary doctorates from the universities of Newcastle, Surrey, Tel Aviv, McGill, and the University of Troms , Norway He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and in 2003 In January 2005, Pinker defended Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard University, whose comments about the gender gap in mathematics and science angered much of the faculty On May 13th 2006, Pinker received the American Humanist Association s Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution.In 2007, he was invited on The Colbert Report and asked under pressure to sum up how the brain works in five words Pinker answered Brain cells fire in patterns Pinker was born into the English speaking Jewish community of Montreal He has said, I was never religious in the theological sense I never outgrew my conversion to atheism at 13, but at various times was a serious cultural Jew As a teenager, he says he considered himself an anarchist until he witnessed civil unrest following a police strike in 1969 His father, a trained lawyer, first worked as a traveling salesman, while his mother was first a home maker then a guidance counselor and high school vice principal He has two younger siblings His brother is a policy analyst for the Canadian government His sister, Susan Pinker, is a school psychologist and writer, author of The Sexual Paradox.Pinker married Nancy Etcoff in 1980 and they divorced 1992 he married Ilavenil Subbiah in 1995 and they too divorced His current wife is the novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein He has no children.He is currently working on an upcoming book about the evolution of human morality, specifically focusing on the historical decline of violence and its psychological roots as stated by the author himself on the Harvard website.


    1. What a delightful little book. This 58-page book (or booklet, which is probably nearer the mark), extracted from Steven Pinker's acclaimed How the Mind Works, is a distilled essence of subjects ranging from emotions to deceptions to bargaining to love. It dares to propose answers to age-old questions such as why romantic love is irrational. It addresses the phenomenon of grief and its function, when grieving obviously does not alleviate the grief. It explains the paradox of how being in a positi [...]

    2. Very interesting and original view on human emotions and a brilliant dissecting of conscious and subconscious strategies in human relations: everything from nuclear stand off between countries to bargaining to finding a mate (aka love)

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