“My new favorite book of all time” – Bill Gates
If you’ve been feeling like the world is getting worse off, that violence is on the rise, or that humanity has already “peaked,” then this book will challenge everything you thought you knew. Delve deep into the world of data where Pinker presents rock-solid arguments for the betterment of humanity as a whole.
Enlightenment Now is Steven Pinker’s love letter to the Enlightenment. Knowledge, he argues, is our best tool against the traps set by atrophying political parties, salacious media, and theocratic social norms. With reason, science, and humanism—the foundational principles of the Enlightenment—and our modern ways of measuring progress by way of data, Pinker elegantly proves that the world is in a better place than it used to be, and things will only keep getting better so long as we stay committed to the tenets of Enlightenment thinking.
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