The Resource Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress, Steven Pinker

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

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Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress
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Enlightenment now
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the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress
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Steven Pinker
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eng
Summary
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist 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 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 naïve 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. Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress
Summary
A follow-up to The Better Angels of Our Nature challenges the doom-and-gloom outlooks of today's media to present dozens of graphs and charts demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge and happiness are actually on the rise throughout the world as a result of the philosophies about an Enlightenment era that uses science to improve human existence
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New York Times Notable Book, 2018
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10619879
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YDX
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1954-
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Pinker, Steven
Dewey number
303.44
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • charts
Index
index present
LC call number
HM891
LC item number
.P56 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Progress
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Enlightenment
  • Social change
  • Quality of life
  • Humanism
  • Reason
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
  • SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Target audience
adult
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the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress
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Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress, Steven Pinker
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-524) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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Contents
Part I: Enlightenment. Dare to understand! -- Entro, evo, info -- Counter-enlightenments -- Part II: Progress. Progressophobia -- Life -- Health -- Sustenance -- Wealth -- Inequality -- The environment -- Peace -- Safety -- Terrorism -- Democracy -- Equal rights -- Knowledge -- Quality of life -- Happiness -- Existential threats -- The future of progress -- Part III: Reason, science, and humanism. Reason -- Science -- Humanism
Control code
ocn993692045
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 556 pages
Isbn
9780525427575
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, charts
System control number
(OCoLC)993692045
Label
Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress, Steven Pinker
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-524) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Enlightenment. Dare to understand! -- Entro, evo, info -- Counter-enlightenments -- Part II: Progress. Progressophobia -- Life -- Health -- Sustenance -- Wealth -- Inequality -- The environment -- Peace -- Safety -- Terrorism -- Democracy -- Equal rights -- Knowledge -- Quality of life -- Happiness -- Existential threats -- The future of progress -- Part III: Reason, science, and humanism. Reason -- Science -- Humanism
Control code
ocn993692045
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 556 pages
Isbn
9780525427575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, charts
System control number
(OCoLC)993692045

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