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STEVEN PINKER: Enlightenment Now

Friday, June 1, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Experimental cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom and follow the data: health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. Join us in a lively discussion about how our own psychological biases may have misled us into seeing darkness where there is, in fact, the fruits of the Enlightenment.


Lynn SherrBroadcast Journalist, Author

Award-winning broadcaster and author Lynn Sherr spent more than thirty years with ABC News, covering a wide range of stories—from women’s issues and social change to investigative reports, politics and the space program—at 20/20 and World News.

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Steven PinkerExperimental Psychologist, Psycholinguist, Author

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has won numerous prizes for his research, teaching, and books.

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