13 August 2018

Video of the day -- a few minutes of enlightenment

Bill Maher interviews a new favorite author of mine (I reviewed his most recent book book here).  Almost everything is better than you think -- but the greatest remaining threat is a daunting one indeed.


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Great video. Yes, almost everything is better for the human race, but it's difficult for me to be complacent when we still face the consequences of global warming while having the leader of the free world calling it a Chinese hoax.

15 August, 2018 07:24  
Anonymous Professor Taboo said...

I thoroughly enjoyed that entire show, but I've read and watched before a bit of Pinker in relation to E.O. Wilson's Sociobiology as it relates to eusociality and Superorganism behavior in the insect world and beyond. That is... beyond into facets of human behavior too. They're both from Harvard. I found the two scientists perspectives utterly intriguing! I have always been impressed by Pinker.

15 August, 2018 11:12  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Shaw: Global warming is indeed reaching really frightening levels around the world this very summer. Fortunately every country in the world except the US is now committed to address the problem (via the Paris agreement), and the extreme conditions of the last couple of months should motivate people all the more.

Professor: Pinker's books impressed me mightily by the sheer mass of data he's able to marshal to support his conclusions. Ultimately the test of any claim about the world is the evidence.

15 August, 2018 19:05  

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