13 episodes

Professor Steven Pinker's guide to thinking better.

Think with Pinker BBC Podcasts

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 46 Ratings

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Professor Steven Pinker's guide to thinking better.

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    Being right

    Being right

    Why getting it right might mean admitting you're wrong.

    What if we were to replace intellectual combat with genuine discussion and treat beliefs as hypotheses to be tested rather than treasures to be defended?

    In his guide to thinking better, Professor Steven Pinker is joined by:

    Julia Galef of the Center for Applied Rationality and author of ‘The Scout Mindset’

    Daniel Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and the author of ‘Cognition and Raising Kids who Read’

    Producers: Imogen Walford and Joe Kent
    Editor: Emma Rippon

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

    • 29 min
    Headlines and trendlines

    Headlines and trendlines

    The media fills our minds with vivid images of rare events from plane crashes to terrorist attacks. In his guide to thinking better, Professor Steven Pinker explores how we can stop the news from distorting our understanding of the world.

    He’s joined by:

    James Harding a former editor of The Times and director of BBC News, and now the co-founder of Tortoise Media.

    Anna Rosling Rutland, co-founder and vice president of the Gap Minder Foundation and co-author with Hans and Ola Rosling of “Factfulness; Ten Reasons Why We're Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think”

    Producers: Imogen Walford and Joe Kent
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    Think with Pinker is produced in partnership with The open University

    • 28 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

junior chomsky ,

I had no idea

Host Pinker brings on some heavy-hitting guests that made me question things - things I had no idea that I even knew about. Brilliant podcast.

Ben_Rig ,

Steven Pinker is a Treasure

Steven Pinker is a rare and fiercely intelligent voice, more valuable now than ever before. He’s a reliable and consciously de-biased guide who gives us clarity while we wade through an increasingly confusing pipeline of misinformation and polarized incentives.

He’s a frequent star guest on many popular podcasts, so it’s long overdue to hear him in the hosting chair. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a mission to bring his thoughts and findings into common knowledge. Thank you Steven! Go go go!!

Agnieszka5 ,

A Timely Call for Rationally

At a time when rationality is too often missing from our polarized public discourse, this podcast is a gem. Its approachable lessons are timely and can help us all temper reactions that, when not grounded in reason, can get us in trouble. (Thanks, Steven, for the pro-vax stance when a vocal minority in the heterodox sphere are irrational on this front.)

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