"By exploring the political and moral colorings of discoveries about what makes us tick, we can have a more honest science and a less fearful intellectual milieu."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Steven Pinker on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Steven Pinker on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Steven Pinker on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Steven Pinker on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Steven Pinker on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones."
"There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning, that creates the culture, that acquires the culture, and that responds to socialization."
"Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately art depends on human nature."
"Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language."