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From Edge: ‘Dennett On Wieseltier V. Pinker In The New Republic’

Full piece here. There’s a bit of an intellectual turf war going on in the Western world.  I suppose it’s been going on for a while.  Here are some recent public skirmishes: -Steven Pinker, Harvard experimental psychologist and cognitive scientist wrote a piece in the New Republic, entitled: ‘Science Is Not Your Enemy‘ -Leon Wieseltier, […]

Steven Pinker At The New Republic: ‘Science Is Not Your Enemy’

Full piece here. Pinker boils his argument down to two ideals: ‘The first is that the world is intelligible. The phenomena we experience may be explained by principles that are more general than the phenomena themselves.’ and: ‘The commitment to intelligibility is not a matter of brute faith, but gradually validates itself as more and […]

Timothy Snyder Responds To Steven Pinker’s New Book At Foreign Policy: ‘War No More: Why The World Has Become More Peaceful’

Full essay here. ‘The state appears in Pinker’s history only when it confines itself to the limited role that he believes is proper, and enlightenment figures as the rebellion of intelligent individuals against the state’s attempt to exceed its assigned role.’ Well, many Enlightenment figures went about creating the intellectual foundations of the modern State, […]

From Reason.TV Via YouTube: ‘Steven Pinker on The Decline of Violence & “The Better Angels of Our Nature”‘

Reason post here, which has a link to challenge Pinker’s claim that violence actually declining (any other thoughts welcome). Related On This Site:   What about a World Leviathan…instead of the humanist/liberal wishes for global governance no matter how ineffective?: At Bloggingheads Steven Pinker Discusses War And Thomas Hobbes… Simon Blackburn Reviews Steven Pinker’s “The Blank Slate: […]

At Bloggingheads Steven Pinker Discusses War And Thomas Hobbes

Relevant diavlog here. In the discussion, Pinker borrows from Thomas Hobbes’ “Leviathan,”  to put forth the argument that one reason for what Pinker claims is an overall decline in violence (at least recently, since 1945) is the development of the modern State.  It has the lion’s share of power, and puts its own citizens at […]

Simon Blackburn Reviews Steven Pinker’s “The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial Of Human Nature” Via the University Of Cambridge Philosophy Department

Full review here. The 1st and last paragraphs of Blackburn’s review: ‘When the hoary old question of nature versus nurture comes around, sides form quickly. And as Leavis once remarked, whenever this is so, we can suspect that the differences have little to do with thinking. Still, the question certainly obsesses thinkers, and crops up in various […]

Steven Pinker From The New Republic: The Stupidity Of Dignity

Full essay here. Pinker attacks “dignity” arguments put foward by the President’s Council On Bio-Ethics in Human Dignity And Bioethics. He’s not impressed with the set of largely conservative ideas he finds there, a few of which are rooted in Catholic doctrine.  Who’s putting them foward? “…a group of intellectual activists, many of whom had jumped from […]

Steven Pinker at Google

Here is a link to Stephen Pinker’s presentation at Google. Here is a post I put up recently about Bob Wright’s idealism during one of his diavlogs. It seems that Pinker is applying some of the ideas of physics or spatio-temporal thought to the rules of grammar and language.  It would be an excellent lesson […]

From Darwinian Conservatism: ‘Olsen’s Criticisms: The Utopian Left and the Denial of Human Nature’

Full piece here. ‘A fundamental claim of my argument for Darwinian conservatism–as combining traditionalist conservatism and classical liberalism–is that Darwinian science supports the constrained or realist view of human nature as fixed that is embraced by conservatism, as opposed to the unconstrained or utopian view of human nature as malleable that is embraced by the Left. ‘ […]

Repost-’Kenneth Anderson At Volokh: ‘The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, Or, Downward Mobility’

Full post here. Anderson had his own theory of the Occupy movements and the recession: ‘In social theory, OWS is best understood not as a populist movement against the bankers, but instead as the breakdown of the New Class into its two increasingly disconnected parts.  The upper tier, the bankers-government bankers-super credentialed elites.  But also […]


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