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Steven Pinker at the NYS Writers Institute in 1998

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Uploaded on Jun 8, 2011

An excerpt from an interview with cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, the author of two best-selling books on the human mind and Director of the McDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Pinker's 1994 book, The Language Instinct, elucidates for the layperson the scientific evidence that supports Noam Chomsky's assertion that the human capacity for language is built into the infant brain. How the Mind Works (1997) is a more comprehensive presentation of the findings of cognitive science, which treats the mind as a machine for information processing, and evolutionary psychology, which regards the mind as a product of natural selection.

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