Cognitive scientist, world-renowned linguist, and best-selling author Steven Pinker takes on the English language. In this special talk coinciding with the release of his new book A Sense of Style, Dr. Pinker asks: How does language evolve? What makes it so hard to put our thoughts on paper? How can we all be more effective communicators? And what do our words say about ourselves and our culture?
Steven Pinker is professor of psychology at Harvard University and chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. His popular and critically acclaimed books include The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and most recently A Sense of Style.
Before & After
--Try the cocktail of the night, the "Zombie Noun"
--Sway to our Steven Pinker-inspired playlist
--Stick around for the Q&A and snag a signed copy of Dr. Pinker's latest book