Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker

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In his popular 2011 work, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker argued that violence has declined over the course of human history and he sought to explain why. Expanding on that claim in Enlightenment Now, Pinker—an experimental psychologist and Harvard professor—contends that human life today is better than it’s ever been. This may seem counter-intuitive in an age of conflict, climate change, resource depletion, and renewed authoritarian populism. But Pinker argues that pessimism about where we’re headed and cynicism about our institutions aren’t warranted. He compiles an enormous amount of data—and presents dozens of charts and graphs—in making the case that we’re living longer, healthier, better educated, more prosperous, and more fulfilling lives. As for such major threats as overpopulation, terrorism, or potential nuclear war, Pinker suggests viewing them not with dread and fear but with determination as problems to be solved. And he advocates holding fast to Enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780525427575
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Published: Viking - February 13th, 2018

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