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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Pinker, Steven

Oneof the world's greatest contemporary thinkers and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature (described by Bill Gates as 'the most inspiring book I have ever read') shows how to think afresh about the human condition and to meet the challenges that confront usIs modernity reall...y failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible?If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking intochaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, morepeaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress.The challenges we face today are formidable, including inequality, climate change, Artificial Intelligence and nuclear weapons. Butthe way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved otherproblems in the past. In making the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century, Pinker shows how we can use our faculties of reason and sympathy to solve the problems that inevitablycome with being products of evolution in an indifferent universe. We will never have a perfect world, but - defying the chorus of fatalism and reaction - we can continue to make it a better one.
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ISBN 9780241337011
Released NZ 13 Feb 2018
Publisher Penguin
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ISBN-13 9780241337011
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 13 Feb 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Pinker, Steven
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Social & Political Philosophy
Philosophy Of Science
Number of Pages 576
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code 100
Weight 637g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Civilization, Modern, Social change
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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