Originally posted by @sleepyguy
Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker explains how political correctness creates its own antagonists as people encounter unsayable truths.
It's just common sense, but he puts it so well.
Steven Pinker's views on many subjects have been widely criticized.
"John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war
A new orthodoxy, led by Pinker, holds that war and violence in the developed world are declining.
The stats are misleading, argues Gray – and the idea of moral progress is wishful thinking and plain wrong."
"Discussing the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 in which nuclear war was narrowly averted,
Pinker dismisses the view that “the de-escalation was purely a stroke of uncanny good luck”.
Instead, he explains the fact that nuclear war was avoided by reference to the superior
judgment of Kennedy and Khrushchev, who had “an intuitive grasp of game theory” – an
example of increasing rationality in history, Pinker believes. But a disastrous escalation
in the crisis may in fact have been prevented only by a Soviet submariner, Vasili Arkhipov,
who refused to obey orders from his captain to launch a nuclear torpedo. Had it not been
for the accidental presence of a single courageous human being, a nuclear conflagration
could have occurred causing fatalities on a vast scale."