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

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

"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates "A terrific book...[Pinker] recounts the progress across a broad array of metrics, from health to wars, the environment to happiness, equal rights to quality of life." --The New York Times The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living lon "My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates "A terrific book...[Pinker] recounts the progress across a b...

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Title:Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Author:Steven Pinker
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ISBN:Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:576 pages pages

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

  • Trevor
    Mar 13, 2018
    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...
  • Michael Austin
    Mar 05, 2018
    Steven Pinker is a rare creature in the academic world: a liberal who is not a leftist. As a liberal he supports things like free speech, civil rights, democratic ideals, and a strong government that ensures safety, protects the environment, and redistributes some portion of income to ...
  • Richard
    Feb 14, 2018
    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...
  • Ericka Clouther
    Mar 16, 2018
    I read this because Bill Gates said we should all read it (here's his review: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Enli...). I thought this book was pretty interesting and engaging even if at times I found it unpersuasive. The concept is basically that things have gotten better throughout ...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Jul 24, 2017
    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...
  • Mark
    Jan 30, 2018
    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...
  • Morgan Blackledge
    May 19, 2018
    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...
  • Krista
    Mar 30, 2018
    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Mar 04, 2018
    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...
  • Jonathan Yu
    Mar 12, 2018
    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...
  • Alex MacMillan
    Feb 22, 2018
    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...
  • Owlseyes
    Feb 14, 2018
    DELUSION A delusion is a mistaken belief that is held with strong conviction even when presented with superior evidence to the contrary. (From Wiki) Koreas united now!! No more mass-shootings now!! Forever young now!!! Fair elections in Russia now!! A free Tibet now!! Et...
  • Gary
    Feb 14, 2018
    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....
  • Miles
    Mar 24, 2018
    Steven Pinker was one of the first writers to kindle my passion for scientific thinking. When I read The Blank Slate in 2011, it exposed me to a host of intellectual disciplines that my undergraduate training in philosophy had neglected??most notably evolutionary psychology, skep...
  • Charles
    Feb 16, 2018
    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...
  • Ross Blocher
    Mar 25, 2018
    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...
  • Amir The Fat Bookworm
    Apr 29, 2018
    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...
  • Bakunin
    May 01, 2018
    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Feb 14, 2018
    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...
  • Omar Ali
    Mar 24, 2018
    I have not so much read the book as scanned it. For most of the book he builds a case for his basic claim that life, for most people, has improved to an amazing extent in the last 200 years and we can thank science, reason and humanism for all this progress. I assume he has to provid...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Feb 17, 2018
    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...
  • Edouard Stenger
    Mar 01, 2018
    Enlightenment Now is Steven Pinker?s latest book. Pinker was named one of Time Magazine?s 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and his books are regularly featured in the best-selling lists. While the purpose of this book is commendable ? to show with extensive us...
  • Ian
    May 27, 2018
    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...
  • David Wineberg
    Jan 30, 2018
    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...
  • Sanford Chee
    Jan 29, 2018
    Bill Gates's endorsement: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Enli... ...
  • Gary Moreau
    Feb 13, 2018
    This is a magnificent book written by a brilliant author who happens to be one of the world?s foremost experts on language and the mind. (Yes, he?s a psycholinguist.) Thankfully, I fully agree with 99% of everything he says. The case for humanism and for progress has never been...
  • Nidhi Jakhar
    May 04, 2018
    Now this was another brilliant read for 2018! After Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything, I fell into pessimism about the way our world is going but Pinker makes me hopeful about humanity as well as our Planet. I have a Humanities brain and science and reason feel like Latin to ...
  • Andrii Zakharov
    May 02, 2018
    There are a lot of bad reviews of Steven Pinker's new book out there, mostly arguing against some of his particular points taken out of context, putting words in his mouth, falsely attributing some agenda to him, or simply twisting his words. But reading the book attentively, one can't...
  • Bill Gates
    May 17, 2018
    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...
  • Edward Sudall
    Feb 25, 2018
    There are more slaves than there ever has been therefore the world is worse than it ever has been. That is my parodic example of oversimple and overgeneral Pinker-logic. Wasn't it Albert Einstein that once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that coun...