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62 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Steven Pinker. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Steven Pinker, often where they are interviewed.

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62 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Steven Pinker. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Steven Pinker, often where they are interviewed.

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Crime, Violence, and Progress With Steven Pinker (Ep.9)

Conversations With Coleman
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Coleman talks to Steven Pinker, a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. During this episode they discuss the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers and the riots that followed, the Black Lives Matter movement, the broader discourse surrounding race in America, and more.


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Jun 17 2020

1hr 5mins

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Steven Pinker – Talking About Talking

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda
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Steven Pinker and Alan explore the words we use that bind us together, even when asking someone to pass the guacamole. A conversation that explores the surprising ways we have of connecting through language – and why, despite our current crises, some things in the world really have become better.

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Jun 16 2020

44mins

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Steven Pinker and Stuart Russell on the Foundations, Benefits, and Possible Existential Threat of AI

The Future of Life
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Over the past several centuries, the human condition has been profoundly changed by the agricultural and industrial revolutions. With the creation and continued development of AI, we stand in the midst of an ongoing intelligence revolution that may prove far more transformative than the previous two. How did we get here, and what were the intellectual foundations necessary for the creation of AI? What benefits might we realize from aligned AI systems, and what are the risks and potential pitfalls along the way? In the longer term, will superintelligent AI systems pose an existential risk to humanity? Steven Pinker, best selling author and Professor of Psychology at Harvard, and Stuart Russell, UC Berkeley Professor of Computer Science, join us on this episode of the AI Alignment Podcast to discuss these questions and more.

 Topics discussed in this episode include:

-The historical and intellectual foundations of AI 
-How AI systems achieve or do not achieve intelligence in the same way as the human mind
-The rise of AI and what it signifies 
-The benefits and risks of AI in both the short and long term 
-Whether superintelligent AI will pose an existential risk to humanity

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Timestamps: 

0:00 Intro 
4:30 The historical and intellectual foundations of AI 
11:11 Moving beyond dualism 
13:16 Regarding the objectives of an agent as fixed 
17:20 The distinction between artificial intelligence and deep learning 
22:00 How AI systems achieve or do not achieve intelligence in the same way as the human mind
49:46 What changes to human society does the rise of AI signal? 
54:57 What are the benefits and risks of AI? 
01:09:38 Do superintelligent AI systems pose an existential threat to humanity? 
01:51:30 Where to find and follow Steve and Stuart

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Jun 15 2020

1hr 52mins

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Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

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* Is humanity really heading towards an abyss?   

* Or have we forgotten how to acknowledge progress?   

* Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker argues that statistically people are happier, wealthier and healthier than ever before  

* Our progress over the past 300 years is due to the ideals set out by Enlightenment thinkers in the 18th century: science, reason and humanism   

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Full Title: Enlightenment Now

Year of Publication: 2018

Book Author: Steven Pinker

May 09 2020

32mins

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Steven Pinker: Cognitive Psychologist, Linguist, and Author

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This week on Remarkable People, Guy will blow your mind interviewing Harvard Professor Steven Pinker. Steven Pinker is a professor of cognitive science (the study of the human mind) who writes about language, mind and human nature.

Apr 08 2020

27mins

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#305 Steven Pinker: The Enlightenment, Cultural Evolution, and the Human Mind

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Dr. Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The Atlantic, and is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How The Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and most recently, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

In this episode, we talk go through some of the main topics Dr. Pinker tackles in his work. We start by discussing a new hypothesis put forth by Joe Henrich and his collaborators, about the possible influence the Catholic Church had on the evolution of our WEIRD psychology and the Enlightenment ideas. We then talk about cultural evolution, morality from an evolutionary perspective, and human progress. We also address if our folk psychology tracks scientific findings on human behavior. We also talk about language, and AI. Finally, we go through two questions coming from a patron, about the cognitive niche hypothesis, and the WEIRD problem.

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Mar 09 2020

55mins

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Ep 12: Medically Assisted Death - Steven Pinker

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"If I lose my mind, just kill me."

Co-Hosts Jay Shapiro and Coleman Hughes discuss the philosophical borders and ethical complications of Medically Assisted Dying with Steven Pinker, cognitive psychologist, linguist, and best selling author of Enlightenment Now.

Dec 18 2019

1hr 33mins

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An A&G Book Review: Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now

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Longtime F.A.G.'s Tim "The Lawyer" Sandefur and Craig "The Healthcare Guru" Gottwals once again have joined Jack & Joe for an in-depth, round table review of a single leather-bound tome that each panelist has read & pondered for the sake of this extra, extra large podcast.
Within this episode of Armstrong & Getty's Extra Large Podcast, Jack, Joe, Tim & Craig tackle Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Nov 15 2019

1hr 9mins

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64. Steven Pinker, An Unnecessary Defense of Reason and a Necessary Defense of the University's Role in Advancing It

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Harvard University professor and best-selling author Steven Pinker considers why open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement matter beyond the academy. He makes the case that healthy colleges and universities equip citizens, scientists, policymakers, parents, and others with the habits of heart and mind necessary to advance the human condition.
The talkback and Q&A host is Nick Gillespie, Editor-at-Large of Reason magazine.
A transcript is available on Youtube.
Editor's note: This episode is Steven Pinker's keynote talk at the 2019 Heterodox Academy Conference.
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Aug 23 2019

1hr 17mins

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Ep52 - Steven Pinker: "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"

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If you think the world is coming to an end, think again.  People are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, Steven Pinker believes the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases.  Instead, follow the data: in seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker will demonstrate that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide.  This progress is not the result of some cosmic force, it is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

But now, more than ever, Enlightenment principles require vigorous defense. 

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

Find your copy of Steven's book: https://goo.gle/2RPrfxZ

Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/EnlightenmentNow to watch the video.

Aug 06 2019

1hr 3mins

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