11 episodes

Professor Steven Pinker's guide to thinking better.

Think with Pinker BBC Radio 4

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Professor Steven Pinker's guide to thinking better.

    Sentence first, verdict afterwards

    Sentence first, verdict afterwards

    Decision making in the courtroom: In his guide to thinking better, Professor Steven Pinker explores the life and death choices made by judges and juries.

    To help him sift signals from noise, he’s joined by:

    Judge Nancy Gertner: former United States district judge and now professor of law at Harvard University

    Elizabeth Loftus; professor at the University of California and one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century

    Producer: Imogen Walford
    Editor Emma Rippon


    Think with Pinker is produced in partnership with The Open University.

    • 28 min
    Nudges and noise

    Nudges and noise

    The way we think makes us vulnerable to bad decision making, but in his guide to thinking better, Steven Pinker explores how we can exploit our cognitive biases to make better choices.

    Professor Pinker is joined by:

    Daniel Kahneman, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, Nobel Prize in Economics winner and author of “Thinking Fast and Slow” and “Noise A Flaw in Human Judgement”
    Robyn Scott, writer, entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Apolitical, a peer to peer learning platform for public servants designed to make government smarter and more effective.

    Producers: Imogen Walford and Joe Kent
    Editor: Emma Rippon


    Think with Pinker is produced in partnership with The Open University.

    • 28 min
    Rational soothsaying

    Rational soothsaying

    Making predictions can be hard, especially about the future. In his guide to thinking better, Professor Steven Pinker explores the cognitive flaws that hobble us as forecasters.

    He’s joined by Barbara Mellers, the George I. Heyman University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the Good Judgement project, and by Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and author of 'Thank You For Being Late: An optimist’s guide to living in the age of accelerations.’

    Together they’ll help you evaluate your ideas, your cognitive blind spots and maybe even think a little more accurately about the future.

    Producers: Imogen Walford and Joe Kent
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    Think with Pinker is produced in partnership with The Open University.

    • 29 min
    The Climate Game

    The Climate Game

    How flaws in the way we think make it harder to tackle climate change. In his guide to thinking better, Professor Steven Pinker examines how global warming is also a problem in the psychology of judgement and decision making.

    To search for solutions, he’s joined by Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster’ and by Professor Hannah Fry, senior lecturer at University College London’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, co-presenter of Rutherford and Fry on Radio 4 and author of ‘Hello World: How to be human in the age of the machine.’

    What can the game rock, paper scissors teach us about preventing a climate catastrophe?

    Producer: Imogen Walford
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    Think with Pinker is produced in partnership with The Open University.

    • 28 min
    Future you

    Future you

    Should we eat, drink and be merry or make sacrifices now to benefit our future selves? In his guide to thinking better, Professor Steven Pinker explores what's called 'future discounting' in decision making.

    He's joined by...

    Dr Maria Kournikova, psychologist, poker champion and author of ‘The Biggest Bluff; How I learned to pay attention, master myself and win’ and Bina Venkataraman, an editor at The Boston Globe, former senior advisor in the Obama administration, and the author of ‘The Optimists’ Telescope; Thinking ahead in a reckless age.’

    Producers: Imogen Walford and Joe Kent
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    Think with Pinker is produced in partnership with The Open University.

    • 29 min
    You Can’t Think That!

    You Can’t Think That!

    Are some thoughts too evil to think? Sometimes we avoid seemingly rational lines of reasoning, not because of logic, innumeracy or ignorance, but for morality. In his guide to thinking better, Professor Steven Pinker explores the trade-offs between taboos and our ability to reason clearly.

    Steven’s joined by Philip Tetlock, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, author of ‘Super Forecasting’ and the psychologist who originated the modern study of taboo. And by Sally Satel, a psychiatrist and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. When she needed a kidney transplant, and then another, should she have been able to simply buy one online?

    Producers: Imogen Walford and Joe Kent
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    Think with Pinker is produced in partnership with The Open University.

    • 28 min

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