FIRE President Greg Lukianoff interviews Harvard psychology professor and bestselling author Steven Pinker about his books, the crucial role dissent plays in keeping society sane, the special importance of free speech on campus, and the origins of political correctness. Professor Pinker, a member of FIRE’s Board of Advisors, is the author of The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of our Nature, and The Stuff of Thought.

Category: Philosophy, Politics, Video

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3 Responses to “Steven Pinker: Taboos, Political Correctness, and Dissent”

  1. ilsm says:

    “If everyone agrees then no one is thinking.” George S Patton, Sr.

  2. CitizenWhy says:

    “The Blank Slate” is a great book but it is wrongly titled. It should be called “What Science Knows About Human Nature – So Far.” The “Blank Slate ” title is too narrow and negative, focused on proving a certain group of academics wrong. But the book is actually best described by the title I suggest above, plus it has some great commentary on a few important works of literature and how these works of literature demonstrate some of the points made in the book about the known nature of human nature. This book really should be a popular best seller, very accessible as well as stimulating. Perhaps a publisher will reissue it under a better title, leaving out any reference to academic believers in the Blank Slate.

  3. mikeinconyers says:

    Well said. I found Blank Slate to be the most thought provoking book I’ve ever read. So many things we think we know are wrong or should at least be reconsidered in the light of research. Rely on Common Sense alone at your peril.