Books Recommended by Steven Pinker
The Nurture Assumption
Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
Judith Rich Harris
Source: "A grandmother from New Jersey uses genetics, ethnography, and child psychology to refute the dogma that parents shape their children's intelligence and personality." - Steven Pinker
36 Arguments for the Existence of God
A Work of Fiction
Source: "A moving, hilarious, and intellectually deep novel about religion and atheism. Disclosure: I like this author’s fiction so much that I married her." - Steven Pinker
The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History
Source: "A good way to settle bets (who was worse, Genghis Khan or Hitler?), brush up your history, and marvel at the cruelty and stupidity of our species." - Steven Pinker
Whole Earth Discipline
Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary
Source: "An allusion to [the author]'s groundbreaking 'Whole Earth Catalog,' which merged technology with the counterculture and encouraged global consciousness." - Steven Pinker
One Two Three . . . Infinity
Facts and Speculations of Science
Source: "A delightful introduction to number theory, Einstein’s theory of relativity, higher dimensions, and other mathematical and scientific topics." - Steven Pinker
The Beginning of Infinity
Explanations That Transform the World
Source: "This 21st-century statement of the ideals of the Enlightenment offers fresh insight on a vast number of topics." - Steven Pinker
The Blind Watchmaker
Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
Source: "Perhaps the best display of expository scientific prose of the twentieth century." - Steven Pinker
The Mental Life of Modernism
Why Poetry, Painting, and Music Changed at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Samuel Jay Keyser
Source: "Fascinating, important new book by friend & former colleague." - Steven Pinker
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