Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress / Steven Pinker.Material type: TextPublisher: New York Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, Copyright date: 2018Description: xix, 556 pages : illustrations, charts ; 25 cmContent type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780525427575 (hardcover); 0525427570 (hardcover); 9780525559023 (international edition)Subject(s): Progress | Civilization, Modern -- 21st century | Enlightenment | Social change | Quality of life | Humanism | Reason | Progress | Social change | PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology | SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in SocietyDDC classification: 303.44 LOC classification: HM891
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-524) and index.
Dare to understand! -- Entro, evo, info -- Counter-enlightenments -- Progressophobia -- Life -- Health -- Sustenance -- Wealth -- Inequality -- The environment -- Peace -- Safety -- Terrorism -- Democracy -- Equal rights -- Knowledge -- Quality of life -- Happiness -- Existential threats -- The future of progress -- Reason -- Science -- Humanism.
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist 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 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�ive 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. Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.