Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

eBook - 2018
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An assessment of the human condition in the twenty-first century presents data demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise throughout the world because of the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
ISBN: 9780698177888
0698177886
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 556 pages) : illustrations

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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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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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May 13, 2018

"lies, damn lies, and statistics"

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yewentan
Apr 13, 2018

To check the other reader's comment on economic growth under Obama out of curiosity, I went back to several years, and here we go: GDP growth in Jan 2015, 3.2%; July 2015, 2.7%; Jan 2016, 0.5%; July 2016, 2.8%.

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tomdance
Apr 06, 2018

Join me and get inspired by what Bill Gates calls his new “favorite book of all time.” Despite the onslaught of negative & extremist daily news, deliberately sensationalized to sell more ads, I’ve found deep philosophical hope in this book of the decade: "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress" (2018), by Steven Pinker. At the heart of the book is trustworthy peer-reviewed science in every chapter, showing how far our species has come from homicidal warring tribes in the past, to the present relatively-safe large countries with various systems of rule of law enforcing a civil and human rights, mostly better than ever before. Sure, humans have a lot of problems still to fix (such as voting down fact-free far-right populist demagogues, and ignoring the idealistically-impractical & anti-trade extreme left), but this book reminds us to see more clearly how far humans have progressed worldwide (in terms of lifespan, health, safety, pollution control, human rights, wealth, happiness, etc), in historical perspective, in the past 150 years, especially in the past generation. (I believe that international engagement via trade and participation in the evolving United Nations is critical for the future of human rights & civic progress. International peer pressure may help enforce more universal humanism and freedom balanced with civic responsibilities.)

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