Tag: steven-pinker

  • Why Pinker and Gladwell Disagree

    If you didn’t already know, Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, What the Dog Saw, is a collection of his best essays as published in The New Yorker (all of which are available on his site for free, if you prefer to read them there). Since its publication, journalists and scientists have been¬†criticising¬†Gladwell over what they¬†perceive¬†as his…

  • Ethical Impulses & The Moral Instinct

    Evolution has endowed us with ethical impulses. Do we know what to do with them? In Steven Pinker’s New York Times article, The Moral Instinct, this question is raised and discussed as he takes us on a guided tour of ‘moral psychology‘ – a recently invigorated field. The starting point for appreciating that there is…