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

"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates "A terrific book...Pinker recounts the progress across a broad array of metrics, from health to wars, the environment to happiness, equal rights to quality of life." --The New York TimesThe 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 nave 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....

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Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism Pinker, S Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress Viking. Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism Read an Excerpt Part I Enlightenment The common sense of the eighteenth century, its grasp ofthe obvious facts of human suffering, and of the obvious demands of Summary Analysis of Enlightenment Now The Case Summary Analysis of Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress A Guide to the Book by Steven Pinker Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress at Steven Pinker argues the world is a safer, healthier place Is the World Actually Getting Better Our current moment feels ominous But in his new book, Steven Pinker argues that the present is much better than the past. Age of Enlightenment Wikipedia The Enlightenment also known as the Age of Enlightenment or the Age of Reason in French le Sicle des Lumires, lit the Century of Lights in German My new favorite book of all time Bill Gates Enlightenment Now takes the approach he uses in Better Angels to track violence throughout history and applies it to different measures of progress like quality Review of Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker ENLIGHTENMENT NOW THE CASE FOR SCIENCE, REASON, HUMANISM, AND PROGRESS Steven Pinker pages Viking ISBN Scottish Enlightenment Wikipedia Background The roots of the Scottish Enlightenment can be traced to the seventeenth century, when there was impressive Scottish activity and engagement in law Author Steven Pinker on how science, reason and progress You frequently bring up the Enlightenment, the idea of rationality and reason, and apply it to science It seems obvious that, on one hand, there s

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress Reviews

  • Bill Gates

    For years, I’ve been saying Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I’d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in human history. I’d never seen such a clear explanation of progress.

    I’m going to stop talking up Better Angels so much, because Pinker has managed to top himself. His new book, Enlightenment Now, is even better.

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  • Bakunin

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well.

    Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. This book is Pinkers best attempt to defend the enlightenment; that is to say humanism, science and reason. He goes through many aspects quantitatively to prove his point - health, inequality, evironment, peace, safety
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  • Jillian Doherty

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers!

    Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward social science and political empathy will appeal to all big thinkers and affirmative readers alike.

  • Alex MacMillan

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method of reasoning and tone of argument seeks to preach to the choir rather than persuade the unaffiliated. Unlike his classic works, The Blank Slate and The Sense of Style, this book will not be something we return to de ...more

  • Jonathan Yu

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn’t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses.

    This book is flawed. It’s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it’s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. They want you to sit down and solve problems - not wait for things on faith and not always be wanting to tear the structure down. The structure is working and the doomsday doomers (which I find myself gravitating too at times
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  • Mark

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt that Pinker will be accused of being a Pollyanna, but he acknowledges that mankind has hard work ahead - including dealing with global climate change. His argument is simply that if we stand a chance at confronting ...more

  • Sanford Chee

    Bill Gates's endorsement:

    https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Enli...

  • Trevor

    Why I won't be reading this:

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentis...