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Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.
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Don't Trust Your Gut
Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz - 2022-05-10
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Discover how your gut instinct might not always be right in "Don't Trust Your Gut" by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. The bestselling author and former Google data scientist explains how our instincts can be biased and unreliable, while data reveals the best strategies for self-improvement. With fascinating insights from enormous datasets on topics like dating, careers, and happiness, this book redefines how we approach big decisions and teaches us to make smarter choices based on hard facts and figures. Don't miss out on this provocative and engrossing read that opens up a new world of self-improvement made possible with massive troves of data.
Steven Pinker
Just finished a fascinating book - Don't Trust Your Gut, by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (author of Everybody Lies). Classic psych finding: data out-predicts intuition. SS-D cites recent big data on happiness, love, career success, & more. via @amazon      fuente
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The Bias That Divides Us
The Science and Politics of Myside Thinking
Keith E. Stanovich - 2021-08-31
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The Bias That Divides Us is a thought-provoking analysis by psychologist Keith Stanovich that challenges the idea of a post-truth society and instead offers insights into the myside bias that corrupts our politics. Rather than being unable to value truth and facts, the problem is we cannot agree on commonly accepted ones. This leads to polarization, with each side believing their truth is the right one. Stanovich delves into what science can tell us about myside bias, how common it is, and how to avoid it. He argues that even those who are high in intelligence and cognitive dispositions are just as biased as everyone else. Discover how this bias contributes to our polarized politics and the decline of trust in university research as a mediator.
Steven Pinker
Stanovich's important book:      fuente
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The Constitution of Knowledge
A Defense of Truth
Jonathan Rauch - 2021-06-22
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"The Constitution of Knowledge" by Jonathan Rauch is a timely and essential book that explores the multi-front challenge America is facing in distinguishing fact from fiction and elevating truth above falsehood. From disinformation and trolling to conspiracies and cancel culture, Rauch examines the epistemic crisis that is threatening society's grip on truth. Through a thought-provoking analysis of the Constitution of Knowledge, Rauch arms readers with a clearer understanding of how they can defend objective truth and free inquiry against threats, both foreign and domestic.
Steven Pinker
An enlightening conversation: @JohnRWoodJr of Braver Angels speaks with @jon_rauch on his vitally important book on truth in our time, The Constitution of Knowledge. Highly recommended.      fuente
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The Plague Cycle
The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease
Charles Kenny - 2021-01-19
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Discover the fascinating history of mankind's battles with infectious disease in The Plague Cycle. This gripping read explores how plagues have influenced the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires for over four thousand years. From exclusion methods like quarantining the sick to modern medicine, author Charles Kenny charts humanity's remarkable progress through history, economics, and public health. With climate and population fluctuations making us more vulnerable than ever to newly emerging plagues, urgent global cooperation is needed. This timely and vividly written book is perfect for fans of Yuval Harari's Sapiens and John Barry's The Great Influenza.
Steven Pinker
Kenny's earlier book "Getting Better" was a major inspiration for my Enlightenment Now. Also recommended: His new history of pandemics, and his cheeky "Close the Pentagon" (related to Mueller's The Stupidity of War).      fuente
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Close the Pentagon
Rethinking National Security for a Positive-Sum World
Charles Kenny - 2020-01-28
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Discover a bold call to action in Close the Pentagon. This book questions the relevance of traditional warfare in an era defined by new, non-military global security threats. Author Charles Kenny argues that it's time to close the door on a bureaucratic and inefficient military infrastructure, diverting attention to global diplomacy and economic engagement to tackle complex issues such as pandemics, climate change, and financial crises.
Steven Pinker
Kenny's earlier book "Getting Better" was a major inspiration for my Enlightenment Now. Also recommended: His new history of pandemics, and his cheeky "Close the Pentagon" (related to Mueller's The Stupidity of War).      fuente
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Getting Better
Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More
Charles Kenny - 2011-03-01
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Discover the good news about global progress with this book! Economist Charles Kenny's "Getting Better" challenges development naysayers by highlighting how technology and political rights have led to widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty, and even happiness. Gain a new perspective on the world's transformation and how we can continue to make it an even better place - despite the income gap between developed and developing nations.
Steven Pinker
Kenny's earlier book "Getting Better" was a major inspiration for my Enlightenment Now. Also recommended: His new history of pandemics, and his cheeky "Close the Pentagon" (related to Mueller's The Stupidity of War).      fuente
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How You Say It
Why You Talk the Way You Do―And What It Says About You
Katherine D. Kinzler - 2020-07-21
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Discover how the way we speak can create social barriers, and learn how to break them down in this groundbreaking book from a renowned psychologist. Explore the power of language and gain insights on how it can help us bridge the divide in our society.
Steven Pinker
A fascinating new book on language and social relations by Katherine Kinzler | How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do―And What It Says About You via @amazon      fuente
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You Say You Want a Revolution
Daniel Chirot - 2020-03-03
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[SUBJECTS] The Failure of Modern Revolutions and Lessons for Today's World [DESCRIPTION] This insightful book examines the reasons behind the failures of many of the modern world's most renowned revolutions, including the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution. Author Daniel Chirot delves into why radical ideologies often overshadowed moderate solutions, leading to violent and bloody outcomes. However, he also explains why some revolutions, such as the American Revolution and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, were able to achieve peaceful reform. With extremism on the rise worldwide, this book provides critical lessons for liberal democracies everywhere.
Steven Pinker
I've learned a lot from Daniel Chirot's books on autocrats, genocide, & the Enlightenment. His new book on radical revolution is especially timely. He discusses it here w @michaelshermer      fuente
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The Mental Life of Modernism
Why Poetry, Painting, and Music Changed at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (The MIT Press)
Samuel Jay Keyser - 2020-03-10
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Explore the cognitive phenomenon behind the artistic developments of Modernism in this thought-provoking book. Rather than attributing the shift to cultural factors, Samuel Jay Keyser argues that it reflects a natural cognitive limitation of the brain. Discover how the abandonment of traditional aesthetic rules led to the emergence of a new art form, forcing audiences to catch up with artists who used a different part of the brain to create. This book offers a unique perspective on the transformation of poetry, music, and painting, shedding new light on their history and evolution.
Steven Pinker
Fascinating, important new book by friend & former colleague.      fuente
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36 Arguments for the Existence of God
A Work of Fiction (Vintage Contemporaries)
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein - 2010-01-12 (publicado por primera vez en 2009)
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"36 Arguments for the Existence of God" tackles the great philosophical debate between faith and reason through the story of Cass Seltzer, a bestselling atheist author who unexpectedly finds love with the "goddess of game theory" Lucinda Mandelbaum. But as he navigates his own personal journey, he's haunted by two figures from his past: a literary scholar with a fascination for messianism and a child prodigy from a Hasidic sect. With humor, heartbreak, and intellectual depth, this novel explores the complexities and contradictions of religious experience."
Steven Pinker
When it came out 10 years ago I said it was the best book either of us had ever written. Authors are always proudest of their latest, but this remains a masterpiece: Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca Goldstein      fuente
It's Better Than It Looks by Gregg Easterbrook
Heavens on Earth by Michael Shermer
Chasing Thoreau An Adventure in Paddling and Philosophy by Jim Payne
Speaking Our Minds by Thom Scott-Phillips
The Language Hoax by John H. McWhorter
The Myth of Martyrdom by Adam Lankford
Atrocities by Matthew White
El comienzo del infinito by David Deutsch
Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand
The Theocons by Damon Linker
El relojero ciego by Richard Dawkins
The Nurture Assumption by Judith Rich Harris
Clear and Simple as the Truth by Francis-Noël Thomas
Knowledge And Decisions by Thomas Sowell
Eye, Brain, and Vision by David H. Hubel
The Science of Words by George A. Miller
Retreat from Doomsday by John Mueller
Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Singer
Uno, Dos, Tres... Infinito by George Gamow
La Estrategia del Conflicto by Thomas C. Schelling
The Evolution of Human Sexuality by Donald Symons