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Pinker, Steven 1954-

Works: 288 works in 1,403 publications in 9 languages and 40,630 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Educational films  Internet videos  Interviews  Filmed lectures  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Interviewee, wpr, wat, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Speaker
Classifications: P106, 153
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steven Pinker
The language instinct by Steven Pinker( Book )

138 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 4,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone has questions about language. Some are from everyday experience: Why do immigrants struggle with a new language, only to have their fluent children ridicule their grammatical errors? Why can't computers converse with us? Why is the hockey team in Toronto called the Maple Leafs, not the Maple Leaves? Some are from popular science: Have scientists really reconstructed the first language spoken on earth? Are there genes for grammar? Can chimpanzees learn sign language? And some are from our deepest ponderings about the human condition: Does our language control our thoughts? How could language have evolved? Is language deteriorating? Today laypeople can chitchat about black holes and dinosaur extinictions, but their curiosity about their own speech has been left unsatisfied--until now. In The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading scientists of language and the mind, lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, how it evolved. But The Language Instinct is no encyclopedia. With wit, erudition, and deft use of everyday examples of humor and wordplay, Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling theory: that language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution like web spinning in spiders or sonar in bats. The theory not only challenges conventional wisdom about language itself (especially from the self-appointed "experts" who claim to be safeguarding the language but who understand it less well than a typical teenager). It is part of a whole new vision of the human mind: not a general-purpose computer, but a collection of instincts adapted to solving evolutionarily significant problems--the mind as a Swiss Army knife. Entertaining, insightful, provocative, The Language Instinct will change the way you talk about talking and think about thinking
How the mind works by Steven Pinker( Book )

114 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 3,954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book the author, a cognitive scientist explains how the brain evolved to store and use information, allowing our ancestors to control their environment, and why we think and act as we do. He explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life. This work explains many of the imponderables of everyday life. Why does a face look more attractive with makeup? How do "Magic-Eye" 3-D stereograms work? Why do we feel that a run of heads makes the coin more likely to land tails? Why is the thought of eating worms disgusting? Why do men challenge each other to duels and murder their ex-wives? Why are children bratty? Why do fools fall in love? Why are we soothed by paintings and music? And why do puzzles like the self, free will, and consciousness leave us dizzy? The arguments in the book are as bold as its title. The author rehabilitates unfashionable ideas, such as that the mind is a computer and that human nature was shaped by natural selection. And he challenges fashionable ones, such as that passionate emotions are irrational, that parents socialize their children, that creativity springs from the unconscious, that nature is good and modern society corrupting, and that art and religion are expressions of our higher spiritual yearnings
The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature by Steven Pinker( Book )

79 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 3,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a study of the nature versus nurture debate, one of the world's foremost experts on language and the mind explores the modern self-denial of our basic human natures
Learnability and cognition : the acquisition of argument structure by Steven Pinker( )

51 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before Steven Pinker wrote bestsellers on language and human nature, he wrote several technical monographs on language acquisition that have become classics in cognitive science. Learnability and Cognition, first published in 1989, brought together two big topics: how do children learn their mother tongue, and how does the mind represent basic categories of meaning such as space, time, causality, agency, and goals? The stage for this synthesis was set by the fact that when children learn a language, they come to make surprisingly subtle distinctions: pour water into the glass and fill the glass with water sound natural, but pour the glass with water and fill water into the glass sound odd. How can this happen, given that children are not reliably corrected for uttering odd sentences, and they don't just parrot back the correct ones they hear from their parents? Pinker resolves this paradox with a theory of how children acquire the meaning and uses of verbs, and explores that theory's implications for language, thought, and the relationship between them. As Pinker writes in a new preface, "The Secret Life of Verbs," the phenomena and ideas he explored in this book inspired his 2007 bestseller The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. These technical discussions, he notes, provide insight not just into language acquisition but into literary metaphor, scientific understanding, political discourse, and even the conceptions of sexuality that go into obscenity
The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined by Steven Pinker( Book )

29 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 2,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We've all asked, "What is the world coming to?" But we seldom ask, "How bad was the world in the past?" In this book, the author, a cognitive scientist shows that the past was much worse; and that we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species' existence. Evidence of a bloody history has always been around us: genocides in the Old Testament, gory mutilations in Shakespeare and Grimm, monarchs who beheaded their relatives, and American founders who dueled with their rivals; the nonchalant treatment in popular culture of wife-beating, child abuse, and the extermination of native peoples. The murder rate in medieval Europe was more than thirty times what it is today. Slavery, sadistic punishments, and frivolous executions were common features of life for millennia, then were suddenly abolished. How could this have happened, if human nature has not changed? The author argues that thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, bargain rather than plunder, debunk toxic ideologies, and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence.-- From publisher description
The stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature by Steven Pinker( Book )

42 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 2,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychologist Pinker explains how the mind works in a completely new way--by examining how we use words. Every time we swear, we reveal something about human emotions. When we use an innuendo to convey a bribe, threat, or sexual come-on (rather than just blurting it out), we disclose something about human relationships. Our use of prepositions and tenses tap into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and our nouns and verbs tap into mental models of matter and causation. Even the names we give our babies, as they change from decade to decade, have important things to say about our relations to our children and to society. Pinker takes on both scientific questions--such as whether language affects thought, and which of our concepts are innate--and questions from the headlines and everyday life.--From publisher description
The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century! by Steven Pinker( Book )

36 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 2,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pinker has a lot of ideas and sometimes controversial opinions about writing and in this entertaining and instructive book he rethinks the usage guide for the 21st century. Don't blame the internet, he says, good writing has always been hard. It requires imagination, taking pleasure in reading, overcoming the difficult we all have in imaging what it's like to not know something we do know"--
Words and rules : the ingredients of language by Steven Pinker( Book )

69 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Words and Rules, Pinker explains the profound mysteries of language by picking a deceptively single phenomenon and examining it from every angle. The phenomenon - regular and irregular verbs - connects an astonishing array of topics in the sciences and humanities: the history of languages; the theories of Noam Chomsky and his critics; the attempts to simulate language using computer simulations of neural networks; the illuminating errors of children as they begin to speak; the nature of human concepts; the peculiarities of the English language; major ideas in the history of Western philosophy; the latest techniques in identifying genes and imaging the living brain."--Jacket
Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress by Steven Pinker( Book )

28 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 2,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation
Language learnability and language development by Steven Pinker( )

32 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everybody lies : big data, new data, and what the Internet can tell us about who we really are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How much sex are people really having? How many Americans are actually racist? Is America experiencing a hidden back-alley abortion crisis? Can you game the stock market? Does violent entertainment increase the rate of violent crime? Do parents treat sons differently from daughters? How many people actually read the books they buy? In this work, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a Harvard-trained economist, former Google data scientist, and New York Times writer, argues that much of what we thought about people has been dead wrong. The reason? People lie, to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys -- and themselves. However, we no longer need to rely on what people tell us. New data from the internet -- the traces of information that billions of people leave on Google, social media, dating, and even pornography sites -- finally reveals the truth. By analyzing this digital goldmine, we can now learn what people really think, what they really want, and what they really do. Sometimes the new data will make you laugh out loud. Sometimes the new data will shock you. Sometimes the new data will deeply disturb you. But, always, this new data will make you think
Tales from both sides of the brain : a life in neuroscience by Michael S Gazzaniga( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain
Language, cognition, and human nature : selected articles by Steven Pinker( )

25 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pinker's seminal research explores the workings of language and its connections to cognition, perception, social relationships, child development, human evolution, and theories of human nature. This eclectic collection spans Pinker's thirty-year career, exploring his favorite themes in greater depth and scientific detail. It includes thirteen of Pinker's classic articles, ranging over topics such as language development in children, mental imagery, the recognition of shapes, the computational architecture of the mind, the meaning and uses of verbs, the evolution of language and cognition, the nature-nurture debate, and the logic of innuendo and euphemism. Each outlines a major theory or takes up an argument with another prominent scholar, such as Stephen Jay Gould, Noam Chomsky, or Richard Dawkins
Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress by Steven Pinker( Recording )

14 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven Pinker argues that despite the rampant pessimism about the state of the world today, the facts prove that we are on a significant path upward
Visual cognition by Steven Pinker( Book )

35 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Connections and symbols by Jacques Mehler( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined by Steven Pinker( Recording )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world
The better angels of our nature : the decline of violence in history and its causes by Steven Pinker( Book )

16 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This radical reassessment of human progress is destined to become the most controversial and famous book Steven Pinker has ever written. The Better Angels of Our Nature is not a call for complacency. We have only come this far by refusing to accept the brutal excesses of our ancestors. And only by understanding the progress that we have made - and the setbacks that have befallen us along the way - can we learn how to prevent the violence that still besets us."--Pub. desc
Lexical & conceptual semantics( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'instinct du langage by Steven Pinker( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in French and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une somme de réponses à toutes les interrogations sur le langage : comment il est structuré, comment les enfants l'apprennent, comment il a évolué et change sans cesse, comment le cerveau le fait fonctionner ; à la lumière d'exemples empruntés à la littérature, à l'histoire, à l'anthropologie aussi bien qu'à la vie quotidienne
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How the mind works
How the mind worksThe blank slate : the modern denial of human natureLearnability and cognition : the acquisition of argument structureThe better angels of our nature : why violence has declinedThe stuff of thought : language as a window into human natureWords and rules : the ingredients of languageLanguage learnability and language developmentVisual cognition
Alternative Names
Pinker, S. 1954-

Pinker, Stephen 1954-

Pinker, Stephen A. 1954-

Pinker, Steven A. 1954-

Pinker, Steven Arthur

Pinker, Steven Arthur 1954-

Pinkeris Stivenas

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker Amerikaans psycholoog

Steven Pinker amerykański psycholog

Steven Pinker psicologo canadese

Steven Pinker psikologoa, hizkuntzalaria, idazlea antropologoa, filosofoa, unibertsitateko irakaslea

Steven Pinker Psychologe, Sprachforscher, Autor aus Kanada, und Professor in Harvard

Steven Pinker psychologist, linguist, author

Steven Pinker psychologue cognitiviste canadien

Stīvens Pinkers

Στήβεν Πίνκερ

Στήβεν Πίνκερ ψυχολόγος, γλωσσολόγος, συγγραφέας

Пинкер, Стивен Артур психолог, лингвист, писатель в Гарварде из Канады

Стивън Пинкър

Стывен Пінкер псіхолаг, лінгвіст, пісьменнік

Стівен Артур Пінкер

Ստիվեն Փինկեր հոգեբան, լեզվաբան, գրող

סטיבן פינקר

פינקר, סטיבן 1954-

استیون پینکر

ستيفن بينكر

ستيفن بينكر عالم نفس، ولغوي، ومؤلف أمريكي

स्टीवेन पिंकर

स्टीव्हन पिंकर

স্টিভেন পিংকার

സ്റ്റീവൻ പിങ്കർ

스티븐 핑커

핑커, 스티브 1954-

핑커, 스티븐 1954-


ピンカー, スティーヴン

ピンカー, スティーブン

ピンカー , スティーブン 1954-