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Steven Pinker Quotes

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Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that
are bringing human nature back into the picture.
- Steven Pinker

As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation
of the mind that invokes genetics.
- Steven Pinker

By exploring the political and moral colorings of discoveries
about what makes us tick,
we can have a more honest science and a less fearful intellectual milieu.
- Steven Pinker


 

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

Why are empirical questions about how the mind works
so weighted down with political and moral and emotional baggage?
- Steven Pinker

My opinions about human nature are shared by many psychologists,
linguists, and biologists, not to mention philosophers
and scholars going back centuries.
- Steven Pinker


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But the newest research is showing that many properties
of the brain are genetically organized,
and don't depend on information coming in from the senses.
- Steven Pinker

The great appeal of the doctrine that the mind is a
blank slate is the simple mathematical fact that zero equals zero.
- Steven Pinker

There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning,
that creates the culture, that acquires the culture,
and that responds to socialization.
- Steven Pinker

Personality and socialization aren't the same thing.
- Steven Pinker

I don't consider myself to be that radical a thinker.
- Steven Pinker

Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately
art depends on human nature.
- Steven Pinker

I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists
themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher,
exalted form of human endeavor.
- Steven Pinker

People today sometimes get uncomfortable with empirical
claims that seem to clash with their political assumptions,
often because they haven't given much thought to the connections.
- Steven Pinker

So no, it's not all in the genes, but what isn't in
the genes isn't in the family environment either.
It can't be explained in terms of the overall personalities
or the child-rearing practices of parents.
- Steven Pinker

Parents provide their children with genes as well as an environment,
so the fact that talkative parents have kids with good
language skills could simply mean that and that the
same genes that make parents talkative make children articulate.
- Steven Pinker

Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind.
Music depends on details of the auditory system,
painting and sculpture on the visual system.
Poetry and literature depend on language.
- Steven Pinker

The connections I draw between human nature and political systems in my new book,
for example, were prefigured in the debates during
the Enlightenment and during the framing of the American Constitution.
- Steven Pinker

Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications
of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain,
that the brain is organized in part by the genome,
and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?
- Steven Pinker

Some theists in evolutionary science acquiesce to these
tacit rules and retain a personal faith while accepting
a thoroughly naturalistic picture of physical reality.
- Phillip E. Johnson

In fact, the socialization gives us the tools to fill our evolutionary roles.
They are our building blocks.
- Warren Farrell

It seems to me that for Darwin the pulsing of evolutionary
rates was a strictly vertical phenomenon.
- Ernst Mayr

Through the evolutionary process, those who are able
to engage in social cooperation of various sorts do
better in survival and reproduction.
- Robert Nozick

I can't think of anyone who is up on evolutionary psychology
and related areas who is deluded enough to be called a utopian.
- Keith Henson

The next evolutionary step is into the screen.
- Marc Maron

With the opening of the second decade of the twentieth
century it seemed that the stage was set for the last
act in an unquestioned evolutionary drama.
- Ralph A. Cram

Both of these branches of evolutionary science,
are, in my opinion, in the closest causal connection;
this arises from the reciprocal action of the laws
of heredity and adaptation.
- Ernst Haeckel

Evolutionary cosmology formulates theories in which
a universe is capable of giving rise to and generating
future universes out of itself,
within black holes or whatever.
- Robert Nozick

There is no controversy within science over the core
proposition of evolutionary theory.
- Kenneth Miller

Racism is essentially natural, it's old fashioned it's
an evolutionary phase that we're going through.
Ultimately it wont exist.
- Michael Hutchence

The monopoly of science in the realm of knowledge explains
why evolutionary biologists do not find it meaningful
to address the question whether the Darwinian theory is true.
- Phillip E. Johnson

Indeed, I was unable to find any evidence whatsoever
of the occurrence of a drastic evolutionary acceleration
and genetic reconstruction in widespread,
populous species.
- Ernst Mayr

We humans have millions of years of evolutionary baggage
that makes us regard competition in a deadly light.
- Vernor Vinge

So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the
evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our
ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course.
- Thom Mayne

The evolution of sex is the hardest problem in evolutionary biology.
- John M. Smith

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor,
mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

There aren't just bad people that commit genocide;
we are all capable of it.
It's our evolutionary history.
- James Lovelock

Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation,
but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without
taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary
character of cosmic history.
- John Polkinghorne

It was Nietzsche who first made us conscious of the
significance of the individual as a term in the evolutionary
process-in that part of the evolutionary process which has still to take place.
- Herbert Read

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process
with no drive to complexity,
not the expected results of evolutionary principles
that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding
the mode of its own necessary construction.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Evolutionary naturalism takes the inherent limitations
of science and turns them into a devastating philosophical weapon:
because science is our only real way of knowing anything,
what science cannot know cannot be real.
- Phillip E. Johnson

During half a century of literary work,
I have endeavoured to introduce the philosophy of evolution
into the sphere of literature,
and to inspire my readers to think in evolutionary terms.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

Civilization, we shall find, like Universalism and Christianity,
is anti evolutionary in its effects;
it works against the laws and conditions which regulated
the earlier stages of man's ascent.
- Arthur Keith

The evolutionary explanation for origins,
although impossible either to prove or to test scientifically,
is nevertheless defended by its proponents on the basis
that it is the only explanation which is naturalistic,
not involving the 'supernatural' element of a divine Creator.
- Henry M. Morris

I think we're proving ourselves as we go along.
The past several months our strategy has been evolutionary -
making maximum advantage of our client browser,
as well as our enterprise software for people who want to build Web sites.
- Jim Barksdale

We can continue to try and clean up the gutters all
over the world and spend all of our resources looking
at just the dirty spots and trying to make them clean.
Or we can lift our eyes up and look into the skies
and move forward in an evolutionary way.
- Buzz Aldrin

The culmination of all of that was the decision to start a company,
which became Lotus, to do a product,
which became 1-2-3.
By the time I reached that point it had been four years,
and it felt like a lifetime, but really it was kind of evolutionary.
- Mitch Kapor

Moreover, the concern of some that moving DNA among
species would breach customary breeding barriers and
have profound effects on natural evolutionary processes
has substantially disappeared as the science revealed
that such exchanges occur in nature.
- Paul Berg

The major novelty of my theory was its claim that the
most rapid evolutionary change does not occur in widespread,
populous species, as claimed by Most geneticists,
but in small founder populations.
- Ernst Mayr

Most of them are doomed to rapid extinction,
but a few may make evolutionary inventions,
such as physiological, ecological, or behavioral innovations
that give these species improved competitive potential.
- Ernst Mayr

Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain
how variation occurs within limits,
however.
They aspire to answer a much broader question-which
is how complex organisms like birds,
and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place.
- Phillip E. Johnson

Under no stretch of imagination can war be regarded as an ethical process;
yet war,
force, terror, and propaganda were the evolutionary
means employed to weld the German people into a tribal whole.
- Arthur Keith

Anyway, the title The War of the Insect Gods came before we had that ending,
before we knew they had become gods.
That we knew the evolutionary cycle they went through.
Before we even knew anything about that.
We had an ending.
- Michael O'Donoghue

In short, it is not that evolutionary naturalists have
been less brazen than the scientific creationists in holding science hostage,
but rather that they have been infinitely more effective in getting away with it.
- Phillip E. Johnson

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

Some days are simply meant for playing.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

I have lost friends, some by death ...
others by sheer inability to cross the street.
- Virginia Woolf

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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