Enlightenment Now : The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
by Steven Pinker
Editor: Penguin LCC US
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“My new favorite book of all time< font color= “#ffff00 “> -==- Proudly Presents[Pinker] tells the story of the journey through a wide range of measures, from health, war, the environment, happiness and equal rights to quality of life.”The New York Times, The Follow-up to Revolutionary Pinker’s The Best Angels of Our Nature presents an overview of human progress: people live longer, healthier, freer and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the ideal of the Enlightenment of the use of reason and science.The world is really falling apart.Is the ideal of obsolete progressIn this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, public cognitive and intellectual sciences Steven Pinker exhorts us to return to the stage of bloody bloody titles and prophecies of misfortune, which play on our psychological errors.Instead, follow the data: In sixty-five unhook the jaw, graphs, Pinkers shows that life, health, prosperity, security, peace, knowledge and happiness are on the rise, not only in the West, but throughout the world.This progress is not the result of cosmic force.It is a gift of the spirit of the Enlightenment: the belief that reason and science can enhance the fulfilment of humanity.Far from being a naive hope, the Enlightenment, as we now know, has workedBut more than ever, he needs a strong defense.The Enlightenment project swims against the tide of human nature – tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thought – demagogues who are only too willing to exploit.Many commentators, engaged in politics, religious or romantic ideologies, ideologies, struggle, a rearguard fight against itThe result is a corrosive product of fatalism and a desire to destroy the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.With intellectual and literary depth of flair, of enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science and humanism: the ideals that we must face up to our problem
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