1. IQ: Costs and Benefits

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    You site the work of Charles Murray, Steven Pinker, and Nicholas Wade often when analyzing various topics and I have read books by all three authors - most recently reading "A Troublesome Inheritance" by Nicholas Wade. If what Nicholas Wade proposes in his book is indeed, biologically speaking, the actual narrative of our ancestral past, then how is this incompatible with the more "anthropological" approaches to history, such as Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel? Why can't these two be compatible? Also, a very important question regarding Wade's book, why do you think he titled it "A Troublesome Inheritance?" "Troublesome" for who? Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Charles Murray http://www.amazon.com/dp/0684824299/?tag=freedradio-20 Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray http://www.amazon.com/dp/030745343X/?tag=freedradio-20 American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History by Charles Murray http://www.amazon.com/dp/084477264X/?tag=freedradio-20 Losing Ground: American Social Policy by Charles Murray http://www.amazon.com/dp/0465042333/?tag=freedradio-20 What It Means to Be a Libertarian by Charles Murray http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0042JSO0S/?tag=freedradio-20 A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History by Nicholas Wade http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594204462/?tag=freedradio-20 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond http://www.amazon.com/dp/0393317552/?tag=freedradio-20 Freedomain Radio is 100% funded by viewers like you. Please support the show by signing up for a monthly subscription or making a one time donation at: http://www.fdrurl.com/donate Get more from Stefan Molyneux and Freedomain Radio including books, podcasts and other info at: http://www.freedomainradio.com Amazon US Affiliate Link: www.fdrurl.com/AmazonUS Amazon Canada Affiliate Link: www.fdrurl.com/AmazonCanada Amazon UK Affiliate Link: www.fdrurl.com/AmazonUK

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    • Lee Cranberg and Bruce Price introduce Steven Pinker

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      Part of "The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century" with Steven Pinker An event sponsored by the MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology & Psychiatry November 20, 2014 | Bornstein Amphitheatre | Brigham and Women's Hospital

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      • Steven Pinker: "The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century"

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        Part of "The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century" with Steven Pinker An event sponsored by the MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology & Psychiatry November 20, 2014 | Bornstein Amphitheatre | Brigham and Women's Hospital –– Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received eight honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books "The Language Instinct," "How the Mind Works," "The Blank Slate," and "The Better Angels of Our Nature." He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

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        • Audience Q & A

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          Part of "The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century" with Steven Pinker An event sponsored by the MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology & Psychiatry November 20, 2014 | Bornstein Amphitheatre | Brigham and Women's Hospital

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          • Steven Pinker talks to The Writer about the future of writing

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            One of the smartest people in the world spoke to us about his new book and what happens in your brain when you write. Visit The Writer's website: http://www.thewriter.com Download a copy of The Writer's style guide app: thewriter.com/app Buy a copy of The Sense of Style: penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781846145506,00.html

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            • Synonymy: A New Word Game Narrated by Richard Dawkins

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              How can you go from a word like 'morbid' to a word like 'ecstatic'? Or from 'fastidious' to 'vigil'? Synonymy is a non-profit, educational word game narrated by Richard Dawkins in which players are challenged to find the paths between random words through their network of synonyms. By taking the synonym of a word, and then a synonym of that synonym, and so on, you can ultimately arrive at any other word in the English language. Other languages are being Kickstarted: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/synonymy/synonymy-intl-a-new-word-game Vote for us on steam: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=323838052 Synonymy supports multiplayer, and weekly challenges in which word game enthusiasts can compete globally on set start and end words. Every time a path is uncovered by a user, it is tweeted from @synonymygame and posted to our Facebook.

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              • Twenty Summers: Rebecca Goldstein & Steven Pinker

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                • Grammar Revolution VOD

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                  • Interview 03: As the band goes by

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                    • Dr. Steven Pinker—The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined VOD

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                      FACED WITH THE CEASELESS STREAM OF NEWS about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as the Harvard University psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking work continues Pinker’s exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives—the inner demons and the better angels—and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. “Steven Pinker’s new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, is one of the most important science books I have ever read, and in my opinion may very well be one of the most important science books ever written. Period. It is a stunning piece of research and an epic masterpiece of narration and storytelling. It is nearly 800 pages long and I’ve already read it twice. It’s that good.” —Michael Shermer Order this lecture on DVD: http://www.skeptic.com/productlink/av242

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