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Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress

Author: Steven Pinker; Arthur Morey
Publisher: [Westminster, Maryland] : Books on Tape ; New York : Penguin Audio, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Pinker, Steven, 1954-
Enlightenment now.
[Westminster, Maryland] : Books on Tape ; New York : Penguin Audio, [2018]
(OCoLC)1000578419
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker; Arthur Morey
ISBN: 9780525529781 0525529780 9780141989167 0141989165
OCLC Number: 1023430954
Notes: Includes a bonus PDF with charts and graphs.
Performer(s): Read by Arthur Morey.
Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (19 hr., 54 min., 53 sec.))
Responsibility: Steven Pinker.

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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 & iuml;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.*Includes a Bonus PDF with charts and graphs.

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