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

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (EPUB ebook)

By Pinker, Steven

'My new favourite book of all time' Bill Gates TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Is modernity really 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 into chaos, ...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, more peaceful, 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. But the 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 other problems 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 inevitably come 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 9780141979106
Published 13 Feb 2018
Publisher Penguin
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en

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ISBN-13 9780141979106
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin
Released 13 Feb 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Pinker, Steven
Category World History
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Philosophy
Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Social & Political Philosophy
Science: General Issues
Philosophy Of Science
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 100
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
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

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