A mind may be a terrible thing to waste, but trying to understand the way it works can cause you to waste a ton of time. Unless you're Steven Pinker.
The experimental psychologist, Harvard professor and contributor to The New York Times, Time and The New Republic has published a slew of books that investigate language, the mind and human nature.
Pinker will speak about his research and latest book, The Better Angles of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, at the Morrison Center Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. Pinker's visit is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted by Boise State.
The series occurs twice each year and aims to be intellectually stimulating and invite discussion.
"Dr. Pinker offers a provocative thesis about the decline of violence in modern history," said Boise State Honors College director Andrew Finstuen.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with Pinker after his lecture.