Steven Pinker is one of the world’s most influential intellectuals, with multiple bestselling and award-winning books on language, mind, and human nature. He has held positions at MIT and Harvard, where he currently resides. His forthcoming book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, challenges prophecies of doom to provide a sobering and more optimistic account of the future.
Lind Initiative Visiting Fellow, Robert Muggah, sat down with Steven Pinker, one of the world’s most influential intellectuals with multiple bestselling and award-winning books on language, mind, and human nature, on February 1, 2018 at the University of British Columbia to speak in more depth about his views on the theme of the Phil Lind Initiative, “The Unravelling of the Liberal Order.” The following questions were asked:
- Do you view the existing liberal order as a factor in the declines of violence you write about?
- What is the role of the U.S. and other nations in the maintenance of the liberal order?
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