Stephen Fry & Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment Today

  • Published on Feb 23, 2018
  • The eminent Harvard Professor Steven Pinker joins Stephen Fry to discuss the challenges we face in the 21st century and what we need to do to defend the values and ideas of the Enlightenment.

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  • How To Academy Mindset
    How To Academy Mindset  14 days ago +1

    See more of Steven Pinker here:

  • kenneth stammers
    kenneth stammers 2 years ago +1

    Who else can fill an auditorium to talk just talk, well it's these guys that's who. I am a humble roofer and digger driver but i am drawn to people like this and although late in life i feel privileged to listen to those who are highly educated and sharing their knowledge with the common man without feeling the need to talk down but in fact engage and enthrall! or is it just me .

    MKMUSIC BDMusic 3 years ago +323

    This is fantastic. A conversation where two super intelligent people, who know the difference between Fact and Opinion, teach the masses.

  • Nathan E
    Nathan E 3 years ago +121

    This was a fun surprise to see these two gentleman share a stage, loved both of their enthusiasm!

  • מיכאל מרטין בנדיקטוס

    I love Stephen Fry's corteous and respectful way of debate

  • Mad S
    Mad S 2 years ago +24

    I absolutely love Stephen Fry he does so much for the world. His impact on generations to come should never be understated. With people like stephen who even needs a god?

  • My OpenMind

    Such a privilege to listen to this conversation between two stellar intellectuals and humanists.

  • Inservio
    Inservio  +22

    What I love about these two is every time they speak I find myself compelled to take notes, pause and rewatch, then go and study the concepts, terms, and history I hadn't heard of before. Almost nothing else in life can spark in me the yearning to learn, as much as listening and watching superior minds in discourse. Both these men, as well as the other "horsemen of new atheism" fill me with awe and inspiration.

  • Dale Snoloje
    Dale Snoloje 2 years ago +10

    What a wonderful event - I wish I'd been there in person! Really enjoyable talk between two very different but extremely eloquent and intelligent people.

  • SapereAude1490
    SapereAude1490 3 years ago +13

    This is just brilliant. Awesome. So good. Stephen is such a good interviewer AND a good actor AND so well read.

  • Peter
    Peter 3 years ago +26

    great discussion. nice to see that Fry wasn't just being a placeholder, but engaged and asked good questions.


    I return often to just enjoy - definitely enlightened by these two gentlemen.

  • Goya Solidar
    Goya Solidar 3 years ago +157

    Pinker and Fry is the intellectual buddy cop movie we never knew we wanted.

  • Angry Isaac
    Angry Isaac 2 years ago +23

    I love how excited Stephen is in the video. He knows he's going to be talking to one of the tiny group of people on the planet with a bigger brain than him. It's like the Mensa equivalent of going to see Santa!!

  • Boaz Klachkin

    Totally enlightening!!! Thank you for beaming a bright light on a dark world.

  • Em See
    Em See 3 years ago +11

    Love you, Stephen Fry! Thanks for the great interview!

  • Anonymous Economist
    Anonymous Economist 3 years ago +4

    Bravo Steven Pinker! Thank you for helping to spearhead the course correction of Culture, Politics and Academia. When I realized that a well respected Lefty had been speaking out, I actually felt a noticeable sense of relief from the overwhelming injustice of what has been going on.

  • David Hunt
    David Hunt 3 years ago +1

    Great episode! I find Stephen Fry's comments to usually be helpful and even insightful.

  • FRNK
    FRNK 2 years ago +83

    I just love how Stephen looks when he is listening to Steven talk. You can tell he's genuinely listening, understanding, picking apart.. etc.

  • m k
    m k 3 years ago +378

    loved listening to Stephen and Steven. Propose a drinking game: drink whenever the word "indeed" is uttered.