week 5

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Response to Lehrer’s “The Truth About Grit”

Jonah Lehrer, in his article “The Truth About Grit,” discusses just what exactly is the recipe for success. He describes that beyond talent we are born with, beyond even intelligence, a certain perseverance is required, which he and other psychologists of a new wave in research call “grit.” This refers to setting a long-term goal … Continue reading

Summ/RESP to “The Truth About Grit”

Taken from the Boston Globe “The Truth About Grit” focuses on the subject of people achieving their goals in life and striving for maximum succession. Furthermore the article explains how just by being an intelligent person doesn’t mean you will be able to succeed in this world. Within Lehrer’s article he says that much determination, … Continue reading

Steve Pinker: The Moral Instinct

Steve Pinker’s article, “The Moral Instinct,” published in The New York Times on January 13, 2008 draws the readers with a simple question that seems easy to answer; “which of the following people would you say is the most admirable: Mother Theresa, Bill Gates or Norman Borlaug?” This question, as simple as it may seem, … Continue reading


The “Moral Instinct” an essay written by Steven Pinker and published  in The New York Times is an article which focuses on the Moral intuitions we value and base our reasoning on. He introduces many sub-topics in the morality of our beings such as rationalization, universal morals, and a variety of psychological states. He discusses … Continue reading

“The Moral Instinct” Response

“The Moral Instinct” is an essay written by Steve Pinker, an experimental psychology writer, published in The New York Times on January 13, 2008. Pinkers essay is an outline of individual’s moral intuitions as well as values and moral illusions. He summarizes illusions as a sixth sense known as the moral sense. Pinker goes on … Continue reading

“The Truth About Grit”- Ashley Yevick

“The Truth about grit” from the Boston Globe is about how having ‘grit’ (sticking to one main goal) can make a person more successful in life. When an individual has one long-term goal that they never give up on even when it’s getting difficult, they are more likely to achieve hat goal and in return be more successful … Continue reading

The Moral Instinct- Steven Pinker

The Moral Instinct, by Steven Pinker goes over what having morals is defined as and how they change due to different cultures or from changes in the circumstances. He provides multiple examples of what the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ thing would be in specific cases and involves the reader by asking them these questions without providing … Continue reading

Response to “The Moral Instinct”

“The Moral Instinct”, written by Steven Pinker, analyzes the depth of morals and labels moralization it as a sixth sense. The article is divided into several sections in order to organize the flow of information. Pinker introduces scenarios and talks about the good and bad choices decided by universal moral themes. He also brings up … Continue reading

Steven Pinker’s “The Moral Instinct”

What makes something moral or immoral? Are things that are immoral in one culture, immoral in another? In the article “The Moral Instinct,” written by experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and science author Steven Pinker, the virtue of morality is explored. He discusses various aspects of human moralization and how it is applied, almost subconsciously, … Continue reading

Moral Instincts

“Moral Instinct” is an article written by Steven Pinker in the New York Times. The article discusses the moral reasoning that all people possess and how people are tempted to rationalize things for no reason. While most people would assume that Mother Theresa has done more to help people than Bill Gates, this is simply … Continue reading