SIO179: Phil Torres on X-Risks and Pinker’s Sloppy Scholarship

Returning to the show is everyone’s favorite scholar of global catastrophic risks, Phil Torres! In the first half of the show, we discuss how global risk has changed and evolved in the years since Trump was elected. I also ask Phil if climate change has gotten so dire that it overshadows other existential risks. In the second half, we discuss the recent article Phil wrote for Salon, in which he was very critical of some of Steven Pinker’s scholarship in his book Enlightenment Now. Pinker responded in a roundabout way on Jerry Coyne’s blog. I also highly recommend you check out this thread by Mangy Jay on Twitter in which she breaks down some other problems with Pinker’s book. Check out Phil’s latest book!

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