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

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Library Binding, Large type / large print edition)

By Pinker, Steven

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The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: 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 nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
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ISBN 9781432853167
Released NZ 11 Jul 2018
Publisher Thorndike Press Large Print
Format Library Binding, Large type / large print edition
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ISBN-13 9781432853167
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Thorndike Press Large Print
Imprint Thorndike Press Large Print
Released 11 Jul 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Library Binding, Large type / large print edition
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Pinker, Steven
Category Violence In Society
Social, Group Or Collective Psychology
Philosophy Of Science
Number of Pages 819
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 43mm
Dewey Code 303.44
Weight 1,238g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Large type books, Social change, Civilization, Modern - 21st century, Progress, Quality of life
NBS Text Psychology: Professional & General
ONIX Text General/trade

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