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Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now
We talk with cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker about his recent book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
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Dr. Steven Pinker Says Good News Is a Hard Sell
A year ago, Dr.Â Steven Pinker's book Enlightenment Now made headlines for giving hard data that proved that the world is safer, happier, and freer than ever, but he was surprised by how many people just don't want to believe good news! Â Today Dr. PinkerÂ returns to the podcast to review the metrics of societal progress that continue to show that the world just keeps getting better, but he alsoÂ discusses two areas that give him cause for concern. Â Steven Pinker pondersÂ whether the immigration debate might actually be a positive turning point as polls show that Americans are rejecting alternative facts and alarmism. Â He reveals how genetics may play a part in our political preferencesÂ and explores how linguistics can make for more productive political discussions. Â Dr. Pinker recalls growing up during the turbulent 60â€™s in MontrealÂ and how he went from a teenage anarchistÂ to a leading proponent of science, reason, humanism, and progress. Â Plus we discuss his ongoing fight against political correctness,Â why we need to stop giving words too much power, and why he says those baby boomers who say millenials are a generation of snowflakesÂ have no one but themselves. Order his latest book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold. Â Keep up with him on Twitter at @sapinker or at www.stevenpinker.com. Â Today's podcast was sponsored byÂ Blinkist. Â Subscribe to Kickass News on Apple Podcasts,Â visit our website at www.kickassnews.com,Â and follow us on twitter at @KickassNewsPod.
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 9, 2019 is: stratagem \STRAT-uh-jum\ noun 1 a : an artifice or trick in war for deceiving and outwitting the enemy b : a cleverly contrived trick or scheme for gaining an end 2 : skill in ruses or trickery Examples: As a stratagem to get the kids to do their chores, Melissa persuaded them to have a race to see which child could finish first. "Perpetrators always have at their disposal a set of self-exculpatory stratagems that they can use to reframe their actions as provoked, justified, involuntary, or inconsequential." â€” Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, 2011 Did you know? A stratagem is any clever schemeâ€”sometimes one that's part of an overall strategy (i.e., a carefully worked out plan of action). The word stratagem entered English in the 15th century and was originally used in reference to some artifice, such as a military plan or maneuver, which was designed to deceive or outwit the enemy. This military sense can be traced back to the word's Greek ancestor stratÄ“gÄ“ma, which is itself based on stratÄ“gein, meaning "to act as a general." StratÄ“gein, in turn, comes from stratÄ“gos (meaning "general"), which comes from stratos ("camp" or "army") and agein ("to lead"). StratÄ“gos is an ancestor of strategy as well.