Pinker, Steven
(1954) An experimental psychologist and cognitive scientist, he is known for popularizing the idea that language is an instinct, and that it is a biological adaptation shaped by natural selection. As opposed to Noam Chomsky, who believes that our language capability is a by-product of other adaptations.

He is the author of The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought (2007).

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