Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress
ISBN: 0241337011
EAN13: 9780241337011
Language: English
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Dimensions: 1.73" H x 9.13" L x 6.06" W
Weight: 1.41 lbs.
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOK OF 2018
ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOKS OF THE YEAR

My new favorite book of all time. --Bill Gates

If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: 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 Read More chevron_right

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