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

by Pinker, Steven (Author)

ISBN: 9780143111382

The instant New York Times bestseller and Bill Gates' new favorite book of all time. If you think the world is coming to an end, think again.

An excellent book, lucidly written, timely, rich in data and eloquent in its championing of a rational humanism that is-it turns out-really quite cool.-New York Times Book Review

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.

The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature-tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking-which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. 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 offers the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress. Little, Brown & Company Spring Summer 2019 Frontlist

Format: Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books, January 2019

Product Dimensions: 8.4 L × 5.5 W × 1.2 H

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