For cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, the Enlightenment is a motor of positive developments; he believes unconditionally in progress and passionately defends rationality. For only with it can one orient oneself in a world that threatens to come apart at the seams. Through it, man discovers laws of nature, flies to the moon and develops vaccines in no time.
Pinker explains the most important tools for rational thinking, takes us through the basics of logic, critical thinking, correlation, and causality, and shows how we make rational decisions alone and with others. Because rationality-especially in this age of fake news and conspiracy theories-is still the best tool we have to control our destiny.
Steven Pinker, born in 1954, is a professor at Harvard University and 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