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The interviewer's question hit hard. "Why do academics write so poorly? Is it on purpose?" Wait a minute! Academics are bad writers? How could that be? They're smart, right? They stand as good examples of clear thinking, don't they?

But the answer hit back harder. It came from Dr. Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology and language at Harvard University. He said academic writing is "horrific," that's shockingly bad! Think: awful, terrible, and horrible, like a bad dr...

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