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"Erudite, lucid, funny and dense with fascinating material . . . A pragmatic dose of measured optimism, presenting rationality as a fragile but achievable ideal in personal and civic life. . . . It’s no small achievement to make formal logic, game theory, statistics and Bayesian reasoning delightful topics full of charm and relevance."—The Washington Post

“An impassioned and zippy introduction to the tools of rational thought… Punchy, funny and invigorating.”—The Times (London)

“An engaging analysis of the highest of our faculties and perhaps (ironically) the least understood” The Wall Street Journal

“If you’ve ever considered taking drugs to make yourself smarter, read Rationality instead.”Jonathan Haidt, New York Times bestselling co-author of THE CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
 
“Pinker manages to be scrupulously rigorous yet steadily accessible and entertaining whether probing the rationality of Andrew Yang’s presidential platform, Dilbert cartoons, or Yiddish proverbs. The result is both a celebration of humans’ ability to make things better with careful thinking and a penetrating rebuke to muddleheadedness”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
 
“A reader-friendly primer in better thinking through the cultivation of that rarest of rarities: a sound argument.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People and one of Foreign Policy‘s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. His books include The Blank Slate, The Stuff of ThoughtThe Better Angels of Our NatureThe Sense of Style, and Enlightenment Now.
 

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking (September 28, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0525561994
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0525561996
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 1.4 x 9.29 inches
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Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, Time, The New Republic, and other magazines.

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