Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

eBook - 2018
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An assessment of the human condition in the twenty-first century presents data demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise throughout the world because of the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
ISBN: 9780698177888
0698177886
9780525427575
0525427570
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 556 pages) : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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wilyman
May 23, 2019

Read up to p.105

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naturalist
May 04, 2019

recommended:
“Imagine There's No Heaven : How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World”
by Mitchell Stephens
St. Martin's Press (Feb. 25 2014, hc, 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1137002603, ISBN-13: 978-1137002600

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flygt
Mar 25, 2019

Steven is a good writer but I think he's overly optimistic and like many academics is under the illusion that PC dogma are indisputable facts. The welfare state is unsustainable, people can't eat ideas and good will, collapse (of the west) is what I think is coming.

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Jewhyte
Feb 17, 2019

Would love to thank Mr. Pinker for writing this one! Wow. A must read for anyone interested understanding the state of the world through the lens of evidence!

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Jhetto
Aug 08, 2018

Brilliantly deconstructs the contemporary nihilism that shrouds the safest, richest, healthiest, and most liberal period in human history. Pinker backs every claim with data, elevating his arguments above the noisy post-modern babble.

ArapahoeAnnaL Aug 04, 2018

Puts our times in perspective. You'll be grateful for the quality of life science and humanism have made possible!

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fpm
Jul 05, 2018

The author provides many interesting statistics. What concerns me is the hubris (technological magical thinking) - presuming that whatever problems arise now into the future will be readily resolvable by technical fixes if we just keep that technological faith!

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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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