Cognitive scientist at Harvard.

Boston, MA
Joined January 2010
Excited about the new Harvard institute to study natural, artificial intelligence: One thing I miss from my MIT years was the close connection between cognitive science and AI, vital for both enterprises. news.harvard.edu/gazette/sto… via @Harvard
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Happy 93rd, Noam!
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BBC Radio 4 - Think with Pinker - Earlier episodes can be streamed or downloaded here. bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0011lt…
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What is it like to be a conspiracy theorist? Editor Ellen Cushing recounts how she got in and out of belief in the Illuminati, while Jonathan Rauch explains how we get reliable knowledge in BBC Radio 4's Think with Pinker, Episode 3, In Touch with Reality bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001214…
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A few words on Think with Pinker (the BBC podcast & radio series) and Rationality (the book). The former has conversations w experts & practitioners: Charlie Munger, Anna Rosling-Ronnlund, Siddartha Mukherjee, Talithia Williams, Bill Gates, Tom Friedman, Maria Konnikova, others
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Does America really need 225,000 troops in 175 countries in an era of declining war & the ascension of soft power? @RichardHanania says no. richardhanania.substack.com/…
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Why does "being on the ice is prohibited" sound anomalous? The explanation involves the semantics of aspect (the distribution of an event or state over time) and the concept of voluntary action. See...
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...the discussion of the language of time in The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature. stevenpinker.com/publication…
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Rubin Museum of Art on Instagram: ““Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. ” (excerpt from my public conversation with the late #StephenSondheim a few years back. instagram.com/tv/CXCAtPEIqex…
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Not-so-sneak preview of my #whatibelieve interview with @HumanistsUK
A new episode of our podcast #WhatIBelieve is out tomorrow, with cognitive scientist psychologist, @sapinker. Here's a sneak preview... Episodes out every Thursday. Listen here 🎧 ➡️ bit.ly/3fAkJJ8
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Some worry that technology creates new existential risks-but it can also avert existing ones. Harvard astrophysicist (and presumably a fellow member of the LFHCfS) on NASA’s mission to head off Armageddon news.harvard.edu/gazette/sto… via @Harvard
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The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists, that is: improbable.com/hair-club/
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Dislike meritocracy? Consider the time-honored alternatives: nepotism, patronage, cronyism, inheritance, racial & ethnic discrimination. We dismantle it at our peril, says Adrian Wooldridge persuasion.community/p/the-w…
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