Dr. Steven Pinker "The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide"

ATTENTION MEMBERS:  THE VENUE HAS BEEN CHANGED and ADVANCE TICKETS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED by the Skeptics Society.  To obtain advance tickets, visit: http://www.skeptic.com/upcoming-lectures/, and scroll down to Pinker's lecture.  Pinker's lectures always sell out, including advance tickets. 

I thought this lecture might interest those of you interested in societal psychology by the highly esteemed Dr. Steven Pinker.

WHY IS SO MUCH WRITING SO BAD, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do people write badly on purpose, to obfuscate and impress? Have dictionaries abandoned their responsibility to safeguard correct usage? Do kids today even care about good writing? In his latest book the Harvard linguist, cognitive scientist, bestselling author (The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, and The Better Angels of Our Nature) and chair of the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, Dr. Steven Pinker, answers these questions and more. Pinker applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. Filled with examples of great and gruesome modern prose, The Sense of Style shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right, that is also informed by science.  Order The Sense of Style from Amazon.

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Dr. Pinker's website:  http://stevenpinker.com/biocv .

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Tickets and Entry:

Ordering tickets in advance is strongly recommended! Tickets may be purchased in advance in 5 ways.  Visit: http://www.skeptic.com/upcoming-lectures/

$15 for nonmembers
$10 for Skeptics Society members and the JPL/CalTech community.
Your admission fee is a donation that pays for lecture expenses.

DR. PINKER'S LECTURES ALWAYS SELL OUT!  Stand in line by 1pm at the LATEST to ensure yourself a seat.  People have been turned away, even with advance tickets, arriving after 1pm!!

Location and Parking Map:
Beckman Auditorium at CalTech in Pasadena.

Michigan Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena. http://www.its.caltech.edu/~ope/techinfo/beckman.shtml, click on "Directions" located on left panel.

Parking is available in the lots south of Del Mar Boulevard between Wilson and Chester Avenues, as well as in the parking structures at 341 and 405 South Wilson Avenue, and 370 South Holliston Avenue.  Parking is free, with no permit required, after 5:00pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Beckman Auditorium Seating Map:

Early Dinner Together:
The Skeptics Society enjoys a standing tradition of dinner together after the event, so
those who wish to join in can meet Outside to the left side of the entry doors and look for each other, or catch up at the restaurant.  Be sure to indicate in the comments section that you want to join with others so members know where to glom together.

We have a wonderful group of interesting, nice people; so our social gatherings after these events are always so much fun... come join us!

Dinner is traditionally at Burger Continental. Click on this link for their menu:
535 South Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

A very nice extensive menu with a great salad bar that is delicious and features a nice variety.  Enjoy the meal and the wonderful company, everyone!

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  • ellen

    Sorry to cancel...too hot here, 104 degrees, to stand outside and wait in line. I am the senior person of the group and don't want to get heat stroke. Hope some of our younger members post a brief recap of Pinker's talk.

    1 · October 4

    • V

      You're a giggle, Ellen. Glad you're taking care of yourself. :)

      October 4

  • Nora

    Got called in to work tomorrow, darn!

    1 · October 3

    • V

      Perhaps you can catch him next time, Nora. Also, check the website to see if they'll play a vid of the lecture. :)

      October 4

  • ellen

    Hope you all have your tickets. My hair is now pure white and I am easy to spot, so please say hello.

    1 · October 3

    • V

      Lovely! I hope others catch up with you, Ellen. Enjoy the lecture and let us know what you think afterwards. :D

      1 · October 3

  • V

    Folks, Dr. Pinker's lectures ALWAYS SELL OUT. Make sure you're there by 1pm to ensure yourself a seat.

    September 24

  • V

    Currently, this is a No-Host Event. If anyone would like to volunteer as host, or hold a sign so members can gather together, please do put your comments here. Thank you and enjoy!

    September 20

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