Steven Pinker On Writing Classic Prose

Steven Pinker’s talk on written communication in the sciences applies as well to written communications in the humanities. He offers an abnormally interesting set of suggestions on how to improve written communications. He also suggests several obstacles to good communication. Among these are,

  • The Tree and the Chain
  • The Curse of Knowledge
  • Long Shadow of Mrs. Grundy

Not sure what these are? Listen to his lecture, “Communicating Science and Technology in the 21st Century,” on the MIT website. Pinker’s lecture reminds me of how much I need to improve.
Via Carl Zimmer at the Loom.