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

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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. Far from being a naïve 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.
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subject_facet Civilization, Modern -- 21st century
Humanism
Progress
Quality of life
Social change
title_display Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress
title_full Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress / Steven Pinker
title_short Enlightenment now :
title_sub The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
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Humanism
Nonfiction
Progress
Psychology
Quality of life
Science
Social change
Sociology