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Steven Pinker Quotes and Sayings

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But in most cases even the possibility that the correlations
reflect shared genes is taboo.
- Steven Pinker

I don't consider myself to be that radical a thinker.
- Steven Pinker

I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists
themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher,
exalted form of human endeavor.
- Steven Pinker

People today sometimes get uncomfortable with empirical
claims that seem to clash with their political assumptions,
often because they haven't given much thought to the connections.
- Steven Pinker

 

Personality and socialization aren't the same thing.
- Steven Pinker

Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that
are bringing human nature back into the picture.
- Steven Pinker

The great appeal of the doctrine that the mind is a
blank slate is the simple mathematical fact that zero equals zero.
- Steven Pinker

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As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

Why are empirical questions about how the mind works
so weighted down with political and moral and emotional baggage?
- Steven Pinker

Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation
of the mind that invokes genetics.
- Steven Pinker

But the newest research is showing that many properties
of the brain are genetically organized,
and don't depend on information coming in from the senses.
- Steven Pinker

There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning,
that creates the culture, that acquires the culture,
and that responds to socialization.
- Steven Pinker

By exploring the political and moral colorings of discoveries
about what makes us tick,
we can have a more honest science and a less fearful intellectual milieu.
- Steven Pinker

Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately
art depends on human nature.
- Steven Pinker

My opinions about human nature are shared by many psychologists,
linguists, and biologists, not to mention philosophers
and scholars going back centuries.
- Steven Pinker

Parents provide their children with genes as well as an environment,
so the fact that talkative parents have kids with good
language skills could simply mean that and that the
same genes that make parents talkative make children articulate.
- Steven Pinker

Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications
of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain,
that the brain is organized in part by the genome,
and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?
- Steven Pinker

So no, it's not all in the genes, but what isn't in
the genes isn't in the family environment either.
It can't be explained in terms of the overall personalities
or the child-rearing practices of parents.
- Steven Pinker

Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind.
Music depends on details of the auditory system,
painting and sculpture on the visual system.
Poetry and literature depend on language.
- Steven Pinker

The connections I draw between human nature and political systems in my new book,
for example, were prefigured in the debates during
the Enlightenment and during the framing of the American Constitution.
- Steven Pinker

The shoe that fits one person pinches another;
there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
- Carl Jung

While it is natural to feel some degree of
need for the approval of others, be careful.
If you find yourself unwilling to
take actions that others disapprove of,
you have lost control of your own life
and have given your destiny to others.
An excessive need-for-approval
is a sign of low self-esteem,
and in severe cases, a condition termed co-dependency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases,
money makes counterfeit men.
- Sydney J. Harris

Except in cases of necessity, which are rare,
leave your friend to learn
unpleasant things from his enemies;
they are ready enough to tell them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases,
manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases,
new hires qualify for food stamps.
- Patricia Ireland

I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth,
but it's a matter of dealing with reality.
It's purely peripheral and, in many cases,
it's just a facade.
- Norman Granz

The majors, they have to control the distribution,
the record outlets, the radio and, in some cases,
even the venues.
And downloading and pirating have also put pressure on the majors.
- Roy Ayers

Anyone who grows up with parents who are very influential,
there are cases where people run away from that if
they have parents who are really lame.
- Thurston Moore

In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

It's not the heart that compels conclusions in cases,
it's the law.
- Sonia Sotomayor

You watch the Supreme Court in action on these cases,
and they are a conflicted court.
However, when it comes to speech issues generally,
the court has been protective.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

The fact is, we are a nine-member court that sits on cases.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Although most of us realize what we control and do not control,
we live as though we do not really know,
and in some cases we spend years focusing on things we cannot control.
- Darren L. Johnson

African-American women account for 67 percent of all
newly diagnosed female AIDS cases.
- Elijah Cummings

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
- John Churton Collins

We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure
and success are due to heredity,
and how far to environment.
But environment is the easier of the two to improve.
- John B. S. Haldane

In difficult and desperate cases, the boldest counsels are the safest.
- Titus Livius

Yeah, I lost court cases and misdemeanor juries,
but of felony jury trials I was successful 105 of 106 times.
- Vincent Bugliosi

I'm sure I took some licks at the system,
and at trials and lawyers in general.
I've seen enough of them for so many years both as
a cop and a defendant in defamation cases.
- Joseph Wambaugh

I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to
act in cases of oral-genital intimacy,
unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
- J. Edgar Hoover

The challenge coaches face is replacing players they
were counting on to be major pieces of a puzzle.
In a lot of cases, there is just no way to make the necessary adjustments.
- Ron Jaworski

The only real lawyers are trial lawyers,
and trial lawyers try cases to juries.
- Clarence Darrow

We're novices.
We have friends now who are part of the freshman class
who in some cases have run for Congress two and three
times before they won their seat.
- Max Burns

In a lot of cases, as in Tom and Nicole's case,
the tabloids were about to break the story,
so they said just let the news out.
And they called organizations such as ours.
- Mary Hart

While most of us know that we feel better after a good hearty laugh,
science, in many cases, is yet to prove why.
- Allen Klein

Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral,
48% indignation, and 50% envy.
- Vittorio De Sica

Perhaps these Ten Commandments cases will be the turning
point in the legal war against religion.
- Cliff Stearns

England is nothing but the last ward of the European madhouse,
and quite possibly it will prove to be the ward for
particularly violent cases.
- Leon Trotsky

In almost all cases now the police are as much an enemy as the others.
- Tom Metzger

In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a
simple matter of fact whether x understands y;
and so on.
- John Searle

In some cases, the casting directors have casted blindly
and have not looked into my ethnic background.
- Mario Lopez

In cases where every thing is understood,
and measured, and reduced to rule, love is out of the question.
- William Godwin

Ritual murder is referred to in court files which are located in Rome.
There are pictures in it which show that in 23 cases,
the Church itself has dealt with the question.
- Julius Streicher

I have a very pessimistic view of life.
You should know this about me if we're gonna go out.
You know, I - I feel that life is -
is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
Those are the two categories, you know.
The - the horrible would be like, um,
I don't know, terminal cases, you know,
and blind people, crippled. I don't know how they get through life.
It's amazing to me. You know, and the miserable is everyone else.
That's - that's - so - so - when you go through life -
you should be thankful that you're miserable
because you're very lucky to be miserable.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds
not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder,
but a hatred of all injury.
- George Eliot

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
- Adam Smith

This is a man who graduated summa cum laude from Harvard
University in three years,
editor of the Harvard Law Review, argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court.
- Rod Parsley

No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing
to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.
- Samuel Butler

I had the story, bit by bit, from various people,
and, as generally happens in such cases,
each time it was a different story.
- Edith Wharton

I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year,
and in many cases, as many as six.
- Norman Granz

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more
affection than she feels.
- Aristotle

If you must break the law, do it to seize power:
in all other cases observe it.
- Julius Caesar

Knowledge is and will be produced in order to be sold,
it is and will be consumed in order to be valorised in a new production:
in both cases,
the goal is exchange.
- Jean-Francois Lyotard

The second stage set in ten or fifteen days after the bombing.
Its first symptom was falling hair.
Diarrhea and fever, which in some cases went as high as 106,
came next.
- John Hersey

The voluntary approach to corporate social responsibility
has failed in many cases.
- David Suzuki

One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation
and denounced the abolitionists.
- Carter G. Woodson

We're not willing to give black leaders second chances because,
in most cases, we're not willing to give them first chances.
- Al Sharpton

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same
woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed;
such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

We are all special cases.
- Albert Camus


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