Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Book - 2018
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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. 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. With intellectual depth and literary flair, Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780525427575
Characteristics: xix, 556 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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21288004246712
May 13, 2018

"lies, damn lies, and statistics"

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jsboren
Apr 14, 2018

I am on pg 266

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yewentan
Apr 13, 2018

To check the other reader's comment on economic growth under Obama out of curiosity, I went back to several years, and here we go: GDP growth in Jan 2015, 3.2%; July 2015, 2.7%; Jan 2016, 0.5%; July 2016, 2.8%.

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danatdanbullardcom
Mar 14, 2018

I was really looking forward to reading this book, because I love everything else Pinker writes, but this one was a bit disappointing. I regret that I couldn't finish it, mostly because Pinker elevates Obama to godhood and constantly trashes Trump for using the "backward looking phrase" Make America Great Again. Trump so far has done a good job of doing it (In 8 years Obama never had more than 2% growth in GDP and claimed that we would never see it higher than that for the rest of eternity, Trump got it up to 3% in his first year.)
Being a new book it obeys the Kawasaki rule (all new books are rife with errors) where on page 45 he says:
"The statement x>y is different from the statement y=o"
I'm certain that he meant y=0 (zero) not y=o, but I can forgive that minor typo. What I can't forgive is his constant criticism of those of us on the Right.

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vaidybala
Jan 10, 2018

It is important to know what science finds out is only true 55% of the times. This is because the model science uses is Mechanical. Living Organism, being uses the Mind, neglected, that is the reason. Unless science incorporates the diffusion of the processes of the human mind, the total picture, true story is difficult to fathom, though try we must. Only by failing, we learn to walk, upright ! Nature is relentlessly Compelling !

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