LISTENING COMPREHENSION – STEVEN PINKER

Steven_PinkerSteven Pinker è uno psicologo e scienziato canadese al quale abbiamo dedicato un articolo. Ascolta l’intervista e completa le frasi scegliendo l’opzione più appropriata.

1) Stephen Pinker’s book has
a. provoked severe general criticism.
b. provoked criticism but also raised interest and attracted praise.

2) He believes that our institutions
a. have been quite good, that’s why the world is now more prosperous.

b. have failed, that’s why the world is falling apart.

3) In his opinion, large segments of the left
a. have opposed a dystopian vision of contemporary society.

b. haven’t opposed a dystopian vision of contemporary society.

4) He thinks that,

a. generally speaking, critics and intellectuals tend to give a distorted vision of our world.

b. give a vision of our world that is based on solid evidence.

5) Wikipedia, or websites such as Politifact or snopes.com,

a. contribute to making information more reliable.

b. contribute to spreading fake news.

6) There is a phenomenon, called the negativity bias, by which
a. we give more psychological weight to things that go wrong.

b. we give more psychological weight to things that go right.

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