Steven Pinker is a linguist, author, cognitive scientist, and experimental psychologist. Pinker is known as a student and proponent of Noam Chomsky's work, with the exception that Pinker does not believe that language is the by-product of other adaptations.
Pinker begins the book by saying: "As you are reading these words, you are taking part in one of the wonders of the natural world. For you and I belong to a species with a remarkable ability: we can shape events in each other's brains with exquisite precision." Chap. 1, p. 15
Pinker is not speaking about telepathy, mind control, or any other inventions created by fringe science. Pinker refers to language and how it can cause the mind to think about certain things.
Pinker says the book is not about proper usage, idioms or any other commonly found topic. Instead, the book is about the basic need and desire to...