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

Steven Pinker

Key Facts and Insights from "Enlightenment Now"

  1. Progress is a demonstrable reality, not a subjective perception. Data from various fields such as life expectancy, education, wealth, safety, and freedom show that humanity has progressed significantly over the centuries.
  2. Reason, science, and humanism are the major driving forces behind this progress. They have contributed to the development of democratic institutions, the rule of law, human rights, and technological advancements.
  3. Despite the perceived negativity in the world, violence, poverty, and inequality have dramatically declined over time. This is attributed to the enlightenment ideals of reason, science, and humanism.
  4. The world is...

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