Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West but worldwide.
Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent value system that many of us embrace without even realising it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. This is the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century.
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Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 16.03.2018
Reason, science, humanism and progress
Turn on, tune in, drop out of the media maelstrom and read Enlightenment Now. Repeat ad infinitum.
I have the greatest respect for Steven Pinker, his thinking and understanding of the world. The Blank Slate, and The Better Angels of our Nature have determined everything else that I’ve sought and read in the last couple of years. For anyone concerned and interested in the fate of humanism, progress and an enlightened humanity - this book belongs on the bookshelf and should be read thoroughly.
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