Steven Pinker: Linguistics, Style and Writing in the 21st Century


Steven Pinker - Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University

Does writing well matter in an age of instant communication? Drawing on the latest research in linguistics and cognitive science, Steven Pinker replaces the recycled dogma of style guides with reason and evidence.

In this brand-new talk, Steven argues that style still matters: in communicating effectively, in enhancing the spread of ideas, in earning a reader’s trust and, not least, in adding beauty to the world.


Watch the Q&A session here


The Royal Institution

Originally released October, 2015