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    • Enlightenment Now

    • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
    • Written by: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intellectual optimistic Steven Pinker did it again

    • By Justin Greeno on 2018-04-07

    Price: CDN$ 51.75

    • The Better Angels of Our Nature

    • Why Violence Has Declined
    • Written by: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Better read than listened to

    • By Mike Reiter on 2018-01-02

    Price: CDN$ 47.03

    • Everybody Lies

    • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
    • Written by: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
    • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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    By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love it but should be a bit more concise

    • By Vincent on 2018-03-16

    Price: CDN$ 33.20

    • How the Mind Works

    • Written by: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great, but slow at times

    • By ben kuzmich on 2018-07-07

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

    • The Blank Slate

    • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
    • Written by: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 40
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    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pinker is an intellectual Perseus.

    • By Vladimir Druts on 2018-03-10

    Price: CDN$ 30.59

    • The Language Instinct

    • How the Mind Creates Language
    • Written by: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

    • The Sense of Style

    • The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
    • Written by: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    In The Sense of Style, the best-selling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the 21st century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Grammar for days

    • By Julie on 2018-08-21

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • The Stuff of Thought

    • Language as a Window into Human Nature
    • Written by: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Dean Olsher
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
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    In The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best: language and human nature. The result is a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. What does swearing reveal about our emotions? Why does innuendo disclose something about relationships? Pinker reveals how our use of prepositions and tenses taps into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and how our nouns and verbs speak to our notions of matter.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05