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Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism, and Progress

Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism, and Progress

Author: Steven Pinker
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The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.


 


Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.


 


Far from being a na ve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.


 


With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

Reviews

Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations * Independent * He writes like an angel -- Matt Ridley * Economist * Praise for The Better Angels of our NatureBrilliant, mind-altering...Everyone should read this astonishing book -- David Runciman * Guardian * 'A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement' * The New York Times * [A] sweeping new review of the history of human violence...[Pinker has] the kind of academic superbrain that can translate otherwise impenetrable statistics into a meaningful narrative of human behaviour...impeccable scholarship * Sunday Times * A salutary reality-check...Better Angels is itself a great liberal landmark * Independent * A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement. Pinker convincingly demonstrates that there has been a dramatic decline in violence, and he is persuasive about the causes of that decline * The New York Times *

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General Fields

  • : 9780241337011
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Allen Lane
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Steven Pinker
  • : Paperback
  • : 576