Author: Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Portions of this address were adapted from his New Republic essays “Science is Not Your Enemy” (2013) and “The Trouble with Harvard” (2014).

Three Reasons to Affirm Free Speech

This is the the keynote address delivered by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on October 23rd in New York at the fifteenth anniversary dinner of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).  *** A few years ago I wrote a chapter on taboo language which began, “It’s no coincidence that freedom of speech is enshrined […]

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