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Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now

by Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker

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In this book, renowned psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker describes how the values of the Enlightenment, science, reason, humanism, and progress continue to improve our world, despite the negative news.

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Enlightenment Now

by Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker

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Nowadays, if you have something unique to say and give it the right spin, it can quickly travel around the world. But sadly, the most popular spins are negativity, anxiety, and fear. Playing on our ancient instincts, sensationalist headlines grab us right in the gut and drive us to click.

Steven Pinker has made a career of focusing on long-term optimism over the adrenaline rush of the short-term news cycle. Pinker has written over a dozen books on popular science, such as The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works.

Doubling down on an idea he first explored in The Better Angels of Our Nature, the author uses data and storytelling to show us how the values of the Age of Enlightenment, science, reason, and humanism still continue to improve our world.

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"There can be no question of which was the greatest era for culture; the answer had to be today, until it is superseded by tomorrow."

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