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Now The PDF #202 belief Enlightenment Now The Case for PDFEPUB or and close knit communities has left us spiritually adrift without a grounding in moral values so it's no wonder we're suffering through an epidemic of loneliness unhappiness Enlightenment Now The Case for PDFEPUB or and suicide and then there are the futurologists who speculate on what will finish us off f. Most of this book is a feelgood delight worth a million antidepressants and totally compelling Pinker convincingly makes the case that in the last two hundred years human life has been getting better and better and that rate of improvement is speeding up despite there being greater numbers of people on Earth than ever beforeScores of graphs show this to be true On the verge of repetition Pinker rams home the message that life is getting much better in almost every wayMy only gripe Some of the chapter entitled The Future of Progress In it he slams what he calls populism and he particularly has it in for Trump I m not American and can t fully comment on his opinions but I am British so I did get riled when he lumped Brexit in with Trump s election as proof of an undesirable populist surge Firstly it is lazy thinking to lump them together just because they happened in the same year Secondly the vote to leave the UK was a progressive humanistic vote because it saw people wanting to return to a system of directly elected representatives to lessen the gap between the rulers and the ruled to live under laws that were suited to their own circumstances as opposed to other circumstances in 27 other countries In other words it was a vote FOR democracyIn this chapter Pinker betrays himself as a liberal globalist who has no real understanding of the European Union he sees it as an instigator of much of the processes that have led to the improvements he details elsewhere in the book But there is absolutely no reason why a newly independent United Kingdom cannot continue to be at the forefront of pushing forward pro market pro enlightenment pro human legislation Pinker does actually say at one point in the book that the UK is among the three most influential countries in the world the others being the US and GermanySo apart from this small grumble I d praise this as an accessible rationally positive incredibly valuable book that everyone should read

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Irst resource wars nuclear annihilation unstoppable climate change or robots that steal our jobs enslave us and turn us into raw materials But as Steven Pinker argues in this landmark new book we do not truly inhabit a dystopia of deprivation and violence In fact every global measure of human flourishing is on the rise We're living longer healthier safer and affluent liv.. I have read and re read The Better Angels of our Nature and find it an exercise in how to put across a logically and rationally arrived at view in spite of how the world seems through the eyes of the media I can see why it caused irritation amongst those who could not accept that things could be both bad and yet better to uote Hans Rosling but they are perhaps not those at whom it is aimedThis is not uite as overpoweringly persuasive but then I think it would be impossible for it to be Angels addresses the many aspects of one long term trend in human history the saw tooth decline of violence over time and its many causes corollaries etc Enlightenment addresses the greater sweep of a large number of such things and cannot possibly devote the space that Angels did to one subject to each hence the inevitability that it can t feel uite as persuasiveI note that several critics picked out areas that they felt were dealt with in a cursory manner or where errors exist and I would add to this is saying that whilst the ways in which a significant asteroid strike or supervolcano might be tackled are beginning to be understood but I think Pinker believes that we are further along in these regards than I understand to be the caseBut none of these criticisms matter not a jot The case presented is like a building It is comprised of many things and finding some fault with one or two of the bricks does nothing to undermine the worldview that is being advancedSo less convincing that Angels perhaps but if anything even important

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Now The PDF #8608 If you follow the news the st century doesn't seem to be going so well From to the Great Recession the Syrian civil war the Ebola Enlightenment PDFEPUB or epidemic growing ineuality racial unrest and bitterly contested elections the world seems to be sinking into chaos and hatred Moralizing commentators tell us that the decline of religious Enlightenment. This book is Steven Pinker s masterpiece If you choose just one of his books to read this is the one He takes an optimistic view of the current political and social upheavals plaguing our world and puts them in context with both recent and ancient historyIn his perfect pitch prose Pinker makes the case that although many people decry the times in which we live he disagrees in essence saying let the good times roll He doesn t think we re nearing the end of The Enlightenment either he thinks it s a set of ideas and a way of reasoning that can and should be renewed with each successive generationHe cites numerous statistics showing how people are richer wealthier and live longer than any other time in history There are hundreds of examples that give ample reason for optimism as we navigate this era of confusion and frustration in US and world politicsEnlightenment Now is a long and dense book but be sure to read it all the way to the end because all through this masterful narrative of our society there are some of the most profound paragraphs pages and chapters I ve ever readThis is one of my favorite books of all time perhaps my most favorite I need a long time to think about and sort out all the ideas in this book After spending the past month reading and studying it it s become clear to me that I need to adjust my point of view on many issues One thing is certain I will carry with me the ideas concepts and most importantly the way of thinking that I ve learned in Enlightenment Now for the rest of my life


9 thoughts on “ Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress [Paperback] [Feb 12, 2018] Steven Pinker

  1. says:

    I'm not a fan of Trump, but I didn't pay for this book, to only find out halfway through that it's yet another Trump bashing book. I hear this stuff every day in the news, I'm tired of it.

  2. says:

    Pinker argues that humanism (a reasoned commitment to maximizing human flourishing), science, and democracy have resulted in substantial, measu

  3. says:

    This book is Steven Pinker‘s masterpiece. If you choose just one of his books to read, this is the one. He takes an optimistic view of the current political and social upheavals plaguing our world and puts them in context with both recent

  4. says:

    This is an interesting book to review. I've read a lot of reviews of the book before actually reading the book which is fairly rare for me. I usually only read one or two book reviews at most. To be upfront, I personally enjoy Pinker's style, and agreed with him on most of the issues he presented already. I also appreciate that Pink

  5. says:

    Most of this book is a feelgood delight, worth a million antidepressants, and totally compelling. Pinker convincingly makes the case that in the last two hundred years human life has been getting better and better

  6. says:

    There is no doubt that Steven Pinker is a very intelligent man. So was the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. What they also have in common is eternal optimism. Neville Chamberlain misjudged the intentions of the Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler. ‘Peace for our time’ was his overoptimistic assessment of the situation because he failed to properly understand the evil before him. Steven Pinker is similarly misguided. He attempt

  7. says:

    I have read (and re read) The Better Angels of our Nature, and find it an exercise in how to put across a logically and rationally arrived at view, in spite of how the world seems through the eyes of the media. I can see why it caused irritation amongst those who could not accept that things could be 'both bad and yet better' (to quote Hans Rosling), but they are, perhaps, not those at whom it is aimed.

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    Every once in a while a book like this comes along one that changes the way you look at almost everything. If s

  9. says:

    Rambling, repetitive, selective and extremely arrogant. If you disagree with Professor Pinker, then you are by definition a fool and a