STEVEN PINKER is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as theNew York Times, Time, and Slate, and is the author of six books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, and The Better Angels of Our Nature.
Pinker serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards, including the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary and the scientific advisory board for "The Decade of Behavior." He has won many prizes for his books (including the William James Book Prize three times, theLos Angeles Times Science Book Prize, and the Eleanor Maccoby Book Prize), his research (including the Troland Research Prize from the National Academy of Sciences and the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association), and his graduate and undergraduate teaching. He is also a Humanist Laureate and the recipient of three honorary doctorates.