Despite climate, war and Covid, is everything actually … getting better?
The psychologist Steven Pinker has long believed we should be more optimistic – and even current crises do not dissuade him
14, Aug, 2022 @12:00 PM
Can history teach us anything about the future of war – and peace?
A decade on from psychologist Steven Pinker’s declaration that violence is declining, historians show no sign of agreeing a truce
07, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM
Rationality by Steven Pinker review – reason and beyond
Our powers of reason have undoubtedly made the world a better place. So why are we so in thrall to fake news?
07, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM
Rationality by Steven Pinker review – it all stands to reason
The cognitive psychologist makes perfect sense in his defence of rational thinking and why our brains often lead us astray
04, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM
Pinker’s progress: the celebrity scientist at the centre of the culture wars
The long read: How the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker became one of the world’s most contentious thinkers
28, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM
Can ‘smart thinking’ books really give you the edge?
Trust your gut, boost your memory, de-bias your decision making… can we train our brains to perform better?
21, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM
The week in TV: The Violence Paradox; Blinded: Those Who Kill; Ian Wright: Home Truths and more
A reminder that we live in peaceful times; searing insights into domestic abuse from Ian Wright; and Johnny Vegas’s heart-warming love of an old school bus
09, May, 2021 @8:30 AM
Rowling, Rushdie and Atwood warn against ‘intolerance’ in open letter
Harper’s letter asserts way to ‘defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion’, but critics accuse authors of censorious mentality
08, Jul, 2020 @9:12 AM
The best books about new beginnings
Uplifting titles from Tara Westover’s memoir Educated to Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City offer escape and inspiration
17, Feb, 2020 @7:02 AM
Bill Gates says poverty is decreasing. He couldn’t be more wrong | Jason Hickel
An infographic endorsed by the Davos set presents coerced proletarianisation as a triumph, says the academic Jason Hickel
29, Jan, 2019 @9:28 AM
Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray review – is every atheist an inverted believer?
An impressively erudite work, ranging from St Augustine to Joseph Conrad, embraces an atheism that finds enough mystery in the material world
11, Apr, 2018 @6:30 AM
You can deny environmental calamity – until you check the facts | George Monbiot
Rosy worldviews that rely on avoiding inconvenient truths should always set alarm bells ringing, writes George Monbiot
07, Mar, 2018 @7:00 AM
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