Malcolm Gladwell begins his latest tussle with Steven Pinker with these confidence-inducing words:
In Sundayâ€™s New York Times Book Review, Stephen Pinker responds to my description of him as occupying the â€?lonely ice floe of IQ fundamentalismâ€?:
If you`re going to wrestle with Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker over who is a more credible authority on cognitive science, you should probably try to learn
how to spell his first name
, especially after the "igon values"
By the way, that reminds me of why I`m going to go to my grave still using the adolescent-sounding name of "Steve."
I noticed when I was a kid that it was hard for other people to remember whether my name was spelled "Steven"
For some reason, they just didn`t care about the matter as much as I did. So, I eventually chose "Steve"
to simplify matters for everybody.
Similarly, few can remember what the vowels in my last name are: Sailor? Saylor? Seiler
? So when choosing my email
address way back in 1996, I just left out the vowels from my last name: SteveSlr.
That`s the kind of guy I am: just trying to be helpful.