Pinker, Epstein, Soldier, Spy. Steven Pinker’s help with Jeffrey Epstein’s appropriate defense renews critique of a public intellectual that is increasingly divisive.

That convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had aid to avoid federal or state jail is unsurprising: cash and power buy what they often shouldn’t. Nevertheless the current revelation that Epstein discovered the help of celebrity psychologist Steven Pinker in the shape of the 2007 appropriate document amazed both Pinker’s fans and experts.

At the very minimum in the beginning. Then arrived the analysis: to supporters of Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, their ties to Epstein can be an aberration in a otherwise commendable life as a general public intellectual — one according to explanation and truth, also whenever that’s unpopular. Increasingly, Pinker’s work focuses on the idea that life is good — better that we don’t appreciate it enough than it’s ever been — and. Read more ›

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