Steven Pinker is an acclaimed author & Professor of Psychology
at Harvard. He appears in the film The Lottery of Birth.
Steven Pinker has been named one of the world’s most influential intellectuals by numerous magazines and popular culture websites. He has won awards from the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the American Humanist Association, but, more importantly, he has a very clever sense of cultural evaluation that he illuminates in his most recent book: The Sense of Style.
His other books The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought(2007) describe aspects of the field of psycholinguistics, and include, among other topics, accessible accounts of his own research. His sixth book, The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011), makes the case that violence in human societies has in general steadily declined with time, and identifies six major causes of this decline. He currently teaches at Harvard College, and he serves as the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.