Steven Pinker Sayings and Quotes

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The likelihood that inborn differences are one contributor to social status does not mean that it is the only contributor.     

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Racism, because it favors color over talent, is bad for business.     

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Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics.     

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Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control.     

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Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.     

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Since violence is largely a male pastime, cultures that empower women tend to move away from the glorification of violence and are less likely to breed dangerous subcultures of rootless young men.     

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As women are empowered, violence can come down, for a number of reasons. By all measures, men are the more violent gender.     

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Societies that empower women are less violent in every way.     

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The stirrings of morality emerge early in childhood. Toddlers spontaneously offer toys and help to others and try to comfort people they see in distress.     

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Part of the bargain of being alive is that one takes a chance at dying a premature or painful death, be it from violence, accident, or disease.     

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A design can excel at one challenge only by compromising at others.     

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We often feel that a clever aphorism captures a truth that would require pages to defend in any other way.     

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A sense of solidarity among fifteen-to-thirty-year-olds would be a menace to civilized society even in the best of times.     

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Regardless of its causes, thoughtlessly blaming the present is a weakness which, even if it is never outlawed, ought to be resisted. Though commonly flaunted as a sign of sophistication, it can be an opportunity for one-upmanship and an excuse for misanthropy, especially against the young.     

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Equity feminism is a moral doctrine about equal treatment that makes no commitments regarding open empirical issues in psychology or biology.     

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Anything that makes it easier to imagine trading places with someone else increases your moral consideration for that other person.     

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Astrology had an important role in the ancient world. You can't understand many things unless you know something about astrology - the plays of Shakespeare and so on.     

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As long as your ideology identifies the main source of the world's ills as a definable group, it opens the world up to genocide.     

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As long as your ideology identifies the main source of the world's ills as a definable group, it opens the world up to genocide.     

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Whenever you speak to someone, you are presuming the two of you have a certain degree of familiarity - which your words might alter. So every sentence has to do two things at once: convey a message and continue to negotiate that relationship.     

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Personality and socialization aren't the same thing.     

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Some people believe that the nuclear bomb should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, since it scared the major powers away from war by equating it with doomsday.     

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We are visual creatures. Visual things stay put, whereas sounds fade.     

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But in most cases even the possibility that the correlations reflect shared genes is taboo.     

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Unfortunately, creative people are at their most creative when writing their autobiographies.     

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Genetically influenced behavior is not necessarily good and not necessarily unchangeable. Explanations of bad behavior that appeal to genes do not absolve a person any more than do explanations that appeal to upbringing.     

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It's misleading to essentialize an entire society as if it were a single mind.     

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The elegant study... is consistent with the themes of modern cognitive neuroscience . Every aspect of thought and emotion is rooted in brain structure and function, including many psychological disorders and, presumably, genius. The study confirms that the brain is a modular system comprising multiple intelligences, mostly nonverbal.     

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