"We all learned once to stop believing in unicorns, astrology, or divine signs in rainbows."
For cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, the Enlightenment is a driver of positive developments; he believes unconditionally in progress and passionately defends rationality. For it is only with rationality that one can orient oneself in a world that is threatening to come apart at the seams. Through it, man discovers the laws of nature, flies to the moon and develops vaccines in a very short time. Even if some people believe in conspiracy theories and fake news - man is rational. This distinguishes him from all other living beings.
Pinker explains the key tools for rational thinking, takes us through the basics of logic, critical thinking, correlation, and causation, and shows how we make rational decisions on our own and with others. Because rationality is still the best tool for taking control of our destiny.
Pinker, born in 1954, teaches at Harvard University and is one of the "100 most influential people in the world today," according to Time magazine. He is a multi-award-winning bestselling author and writes regularly for the New York Times and the Guardian, among others.
In the context of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg
A guide to the better use of the mind
Geist Heidelberg Lecture
Aula der Neuen Universität
Prices plus fees
Regular 11,90 €
Reduced 9,90 €
Member 6,90 €