According to Pinker, fear is one of the maid factors that contributes to the perception of dangerousness. What examples of fears does Pinker use to illustrate this claim?

Question for study and discussion Have seven question at in end of short essay . The book name is Models for writers by Alfred Rosa
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This are the questions that need to be answered
1. Pinker starts his essay with a list of twenty-two questions, each an example of a dangerous idea. What were you thinking as you read Pinkers list? Which questions touched a sensitive nerve for you? Explain.
2. How does Pinker define dangerous idea? Do you agree with his definition?
3. According to Pinker, fear is one of the maid factors that contributes to the perception of dangerousness. What examples of fears does Pinker use to illustrate this claim? What other factors contribute to the perception of dangerousness?
4. Do you believe that the taboo on questioning sacred values makes sense in the context of personal relationships (paragraph 32)? Why or why not? Why do you think that Pinker believes his statement, It makes far less sense in the context of discovering how the world works or running a country (32)?
5. What does Pinker mean when he says, The idea that ideas should be discouraged a priori is inherently self-refuting (33)?
6. According to Pinker, what is the case for discouraging certain lines of intellectual inquiry (37)? What evidence does he present to support this side of the issue? Rosa_52017_14_Ch13_337-371.indd 370 11/18/11 12:24 PM
7. How does Pinker support his claim that intolerance of unpopular ideas among academics is an old story (46)?

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