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Brief encounter: Steven Pinker

"Knowledge has exponentiated and is available to all"

By Prospect Team   March 2017

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What is the first historical event you can recall?

I noticed my mother referring to “President Kennedy” rather than “President Eisenhower.” That dates the memory to shortly after John F Kennedy’s inauguration in early 1961, when I was six. The first discrete event I recall was the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. We had the radio on over dinner, and there was a test of an air raid siren. I still can feel the dread.

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