American author Steven Pinker talks about his new book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters in a session on the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival. In a conversation with Mihir S Sharma, Pinker told how this book is like a homecoming for him.
“Rationality is, in many ways, a return to home ground for me,” he said. He said that today is a time when rationality is torn between right and wrong.
Steven Pinker said that today is a time when people consider themselves right and others wrong. Its effect is happening all over the world today. This is also affecting the economy and political scenario. Many countries are using it in a biased way.
Talking about his book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scary, Voy It Matters, he also referred to the world of writers and said that the writing world is also entangled in right and wrong. He told that rationality is necessary for human life today but in any case people just want to win.
He said that rationality is better for life because it helps in moving ahead. Rationality makes us stronger.
He says that it is man who ultimately discovered the laws of nature, lengthening and enriching our lives and setting the standard for rationality, but is also true that we actually think in ways that would have been easier for us. And on them we spend most of our life and critical thinking based on reasoning power, fail to take advantage of possibilities.
Let us tell you that Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian-American psychologist, popular science writer and intellectual. He is an advocate of evolutionary psychology and computational theory of mind.