Episode 22: Is Democracy Rational? A conversation with Steven Pinker
Host Rafael Behr talks to Professor Steven Pinker about rational thinking in a democracy
Human beings routinely make terrible choices but humanity still achieves amazing things.
How does this paradox work?
And is it still working when technology seems to amplify the worst in us.
In this episode, Politics on the Couch host Rafael Behr talks to Professor Steven Pinker about the constant struggle between evidence and emotion for control of the political agenda; whether truth and fact are winning the long war against superstition and falsehood, and why rationality always has the last word.
Professor Steven Pinker is Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of a number of highly acclaimed and prize-winning books about psychology, cognitive science, linguistics and history.
His latest book Rationality: What it is; why it seems scarce; why it matters was published in September.