Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

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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. Far from being a naïve 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525427575
0525427570
Branch Call Number: 303.44 P6557E 2018
Characteristics: xix, 556 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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EllenMSmith
Oct 30, 2019

Bill Gates favorite of all time ...

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Luckybe
Sep 17, 2019

Pinker’s ENLIGHTENMENT NOW should be required reading for every voter in America, particularly now when reason, science and world progress are under attack from the fringes of political movements and religious dogma. Pinker’s extensive researched and documented analysis of Trumpism and current forces attempting to drag the world back into more authoritarian, less progressive times is chilling, and lays out the importance of holding on to the movement and mindset that has brought us this far into a better, healthier, wealthier and far prosperous and stable world.

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JoMcD8
Jul 22, 2019

Interesting read, which discussed many different subjects from a seemingly objective perspective. Pinker offers a lot of clearly laid out data to provide evidence for his claims, and often offers information from both sides of an argument.
A strong argument for humanism!

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wilyman
May 23, 2019

Read up to p.105

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naturalist
May 04, 2019

recommended:
“Imagine There's No Heaven : How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World”
by Mitchell Stephens
St. Martin's Press (Feb. 25 2014, hc, 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1137002603, ISBN-13: 978-1137002600

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flygt
Mar 25, 2019

Steven is a good writer but I think he's overly optimistic and like many academics is under the illusion that PC dogma are indisputable facts. The welfare state is unsustainable, people can't eat ideas and good will, collapse (of the west) is what I think is coming.

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Jewhyte
Feb 17, 2019

Would love to thank Mr. Pinker for writing this one! Wow. A must read for anyone interested understanding the state of the world through the lens of evidence!

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Jhetto
Aug 08, 2018

Brilliantly deconstructs the contemporary nihilism that shrouds the safest, richest, healthiest, and most liberal period in human history. Pinker backs every claim with data, elevating his arguments above the noisy post-modern babble.

ArapahoeAnnaL Aug 04, 2018

Puts our times in perspective. You'll be grateful for the quality of life science and humanism have made possible!

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fpm
Jul 05, 2018

The author provides many interesting statistics. What concerns me is the hubris (technological magical thinking) - presuming that whatever problems arise now into the future will be readily resolvable by technical fixes if we just keep that technological faith!

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