Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7-9 p.m.
Pinker is an experimental cognitive psychologist and a widely-read writer on language, mind, and human nature. A native of Montreal, he earned his bachelor’s degree at McGill University, his PhD from Harvard in 1979, and currently teaches at Harvard University, where he is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology.
Today, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding—and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. Why do we find ourselves flooded with fake news, medical quackery, conspiracy theorizing, and “post-truth” rhetoric? It can’t be that humans are just an irrational species — cavemen out of time saddled with biases, fallacies, and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and discovered the benchmarks for rationality itself.