Steven Pinker – “In Defense of Dangerous Ideas”

1)  How does Pinker define a dangerous idea?

2)  What historical examples does Pinker offer to suggest that “ intellectual intimidation . . . inevitably shapes the ideas that are taken seriously in a given era”?

3)  List the three perceptions of “dangerousness” that Pinker develops in his essay.

4)  Describe the two types of dangerous ideas that Pinker wants explored.

5)  List Pinker’s reasons for exploring dangerous ideas (at least two or three).

6)  List the reasons for not exploring dangerous ideas that Pinker offers (at least three or four)