Conversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Steven Pinker

Tyler Cowen explores the world of ideas in one-on-one dialogues with today’s top thinkers.

Oct 24, 2016Oct 25, 2016
Founders Hall Auditorium Arlington Campus at George Mason University 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Event Speakers

Tyler Cowen

Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University

Steven Pinker

Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Event Video

Steven Pinker—one of the world’s foremost experts on language, the mind, and human nature—will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging dialogue as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler series.  

Pinker currently serves as the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2003. He is an experimental psychologist whose research has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. Pinker frequently writes for The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, The Atlantic, and other magazines on diverse topics including language, consciousness, education, morality, politics, genetics, bioethics, and trends in violence.  

Pinker has received numerous awards for his books The Language InstinctHow the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, and The Better Angels of Our Nature. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”