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Pinker, Epstein, Soldier, Spy. Steven Pinker’s assist in Jeffrey Epstein’s appropriate defense renews criticism of an public intellectual that is increasingly divisive.

That convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had assist to avoid federal or state jail is unsurprising: cash and power often purchase whatever they shouldn’t. But the present revelation that Epstein discovered the aid of celebrity psychologist Steven Pinker by means of a 2007 appropriate document astonished both Pinker’s fans and experts.

At the very minimum in the beginning. Then arrived the analysis: to supporters of Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, their ties to Epstein can be an aberration within an otherwise commendable life as a general general public intellectual — one considering explanation and truth, also if that’s unpopular. Increasingly, Pinker’s work focuses on the idea that life is good — better than it is ever been — and that people don’t enjoy it sufficient.

As Pinker penned in 2018’s Enlightenment Now: The full Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, “People appear to bitch, moan, whine, carp and kvetch up to ever, ” despite reams of information on just how people’ standard of living continues to enhance. (more…)