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Philosophy Talk Live with Guest Steven Pinker

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)
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Experience a live taping of Philosophy Talk radio, and see how much fun thinking can be!

To an optimist, things are constantly getting better: disease and extreme poverty are down; life expectancy, literacy, and equality are up; and it’s all thanks to the glory of human reason. But a pessimist would point to the continuing presence of injustice, oppression, and war, and the dangers of global warming and nuclear annihilation. So who's right? Are we really living in an age of progress? And can reason really save us?

Join the live audience at Kepler's Books to record a new episode of Philosophy Talk, the nationally syndicated public radio show. Host philosophers Ken Taylor and Josh Landy will welcome renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. In addition to thought-provoking conversation, audience questions, and laughter, the show will feature Roving Philosophical Reporter Liza Veale, satirist and Sixty Second Philosopher Ian Shoales, and musical guest Tiffany Austin.


Philosophy Talk is a nationally syndicated radio show that celebrates the value of the examined life. Each week the show's philosopher-hosts invite you to join them and a guest expert in conversation on a wide variety of issues ranging from popular culture to our most deeply-held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. The program is dedicated to modeling and promoting reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity. Philosophy Talk is accessible, intellectually stimulating, and most of all, fun.

Philosophy Talk is produced by KALW on behalf of Stanford University, as part of its Humanities Outreach Initiative. You can find Philosophy Talk on the web at