This is a talk given by psychologists Steven Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. I feel it’s important to have this kind of material in an arts blog, because what psychologists are finding about the nature of the human mind may well have great implications for anyone who’s involved in producing art, consuming arts, or merely talking about it (like me). By the way, Pinker is one of the new intellectuals that I wrote about some time ago. It used to be that literary intellectuals would ponder the implications of language. Now it’s the scientists. Good or bad. It remains to be seen.