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    • Enlightenment Now

    • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905

    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
    • We live in the best of all times

    • By Neuron on 02-25-18

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Everybody Lies

    • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
    • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
    • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,264
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but not flawless

    • By Miroslav on 06-22-17

    Regular price: $25.09

    • The Better Angels of Our Nature

    • Why Violence Has Declined
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,337
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,802
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'd kill for another book this good

    • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • How the Mind Works

    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,148
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      4 out of 5 stars 943
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 931

    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
    • Excellent, but a difficult listen.

    • By David Roseberry on 12-11-11

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Blank Slate

    • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394

    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
    • Excellent, as expected

    • By Carolyn on 05-30-14

    Regular price: $23.12

    • The Language Instinct

    • How the Mind Creates Language
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 714
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 598
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 588

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Amazing and Interesting

    • By J. C. on 10-28-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Sense of Style

    • The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great even if a bit jargony

    • By Neuron on 08-24-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Enlightenment Now

    • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, read by Arthur Morey. Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West but worldwide.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glass half-full

    • By Mark on 02-26-18

    Regular price: $25.58

    • The Stuff of Thought

    • Language as a Window into Human Nature
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Dean Olsher
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 733
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 333

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Escaping the Cave

    • By Miroslaw on 09-12-09

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Words and Rules

    • The Ingredients of Language
    • By: Steven Pinker
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    First published in 2000, Words and Rules remains one of Pinker's most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and how language makes us humans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing how much irregular verbs can teach.

    • By Tristan on 04-10-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Colombia's Milestone in World Peace

    • By: Steven Pinker, Juan Manuel Santos
    • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
    • Length: 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    "Colombia's Milestone in World Peace" is from the August 25, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Steven Pinker and Juan Manuel Santos and narrated by Corey M. Snow.

    Regular price: $0.95