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Oneof the world's greatest contemporary thinkers and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature (described by Bill Gates as 'the most inspiring book I have ever read') shows how to think afresh about the human condition and to meet the challenges that confront us 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 intochaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies.…mehr

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Oneof the world's greatest contemporary thinkers and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature (described by Bill Gates as 'the most inspiring book I have ever read') shows how to think afresh about the human condition and to meet the challenges that confront us 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 intochaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, morepeaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable, including inequality, climate change, Artificial Intelligence and nuclear weapons. Butthe 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 otherproblems in the past. In making the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century, Pinker shows how we can use our faculties of reason and sympathy to solve the problems that inevitablycome with being products of evolution in an indifferent universe. We will never have a perfect world, but - defying the chorus of fatalism and reaction - we can continue to make it a better one.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Seitenzahl: 576
  • Erscheinungstermin: 26. Februar 2018
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 233mm x 155mm x 40mm
  • Gewicht: 645g
  • ISBN-13: 9780241337011
  • ISBN-10: 0241337011
  • Artikelnr.: 49096795
Autorenporträt
Steven Pinker is one of the world's most influential thinkers and writers on the human condition. His popular and highly praised books include The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, the Guardian and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine's "The World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals," Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers," and Time magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today."
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One of The Guardian s Books to Buy in 2018

An excellent book, lucidly written, timely, rich in data and eloquent in its championing of a rational humanism that is it turns out really quite cool. New York Times Book Review

"The world is getting better, even if it doesn t always feel that way. I m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture. Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker s ever written. It s 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. Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

"Steven Pinker s mind bristles with pure, crystalline intelligence, deep knowledge and human sympathy." Richard Dawkins

Pinker is a paragon of exactly the kind of intellectual honesty and courage we need to restore conversation and community. David Brooks, The New York Times

[Enlightenment Now] is magnificent, uplifting and makes you want to rush to your laptop and close your Twitter account. The Economist

If 2017 was a rough year for you, look no further than Steven Pinker s engaging new book, Enlightenment Now, to cheer you up. Conceived before Donald Trump even announced his candidacy, it could not have been better timed to clarify and, for some, refute the habits of mind that brought Trump and the GOP to power. The Washington Post

Vindication has arrived in the form of Steven Pinker s latest book. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress is remarkable, heart-warming, and long overdue." Christian Science Monitor

Pinker is a paragon of exactly the kind of intellectual honesty and courage we need to restore conversation and community, and the students are right to revere him. The Seattle Times

[A] magisterial new book Enlightenment Now is the most uplifting work of science I ve ever read. Science Magazine

A passionate and persuasive defense of reason and science [and] an urgently needed reminder that progress is, to no small extent, a result of values that have served us - and can serve us - extraordinarily well. The Philadelphia Inquirer

A meticulous defense of science and objective analysis, [and] a rebuttal to the tribalism, knee-jerk partisanship and disinformation that taints our politics. San Francisco Chronicle

Brimming with surprising data and entertaining anecdotes. Financial Times

[Pinker] makes a powerful case that the main line of history has been, since the Enlightenment, one of improvement. Scientific American

Let s stop once in a while to enjoy the view I m glad Pinker is pushing for this in a world that does it too rarely It s hard not to be convinced. Quartz

Enlightenment Now is formidable. Financial Times

As a demonstration of the value of reason, knowledge, and curiosity, Enlightenment Now can hardly be bettered. The Boston Globe

With a wealth of knowledge, graphs and statistics, a strong grasp of history, and an engaging style of writing Enlightenment Now provides a convincing case for gratitude. Pittsburgh Post Gazette

A forceful defense of the democratic, humanist institutions that [Pinker] says brought about these changes, and a declaration that reason, science and humanism can solve the problems to come. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A masterly defense of the values of modernity against progressophobes . Times Higher Education

Enlightenment Now strikes a powerful blow against the contemporary mystifications being peddled by tribalists on both the left and the right. Reason

Pinker presents graphs and data which deserve to be reckoned with by fair-minded people. His conclusion is provocative, as anything by Pinker is likely to be. Colorado Springs Gazette

Elegantly [argues] that in various ways humanity has every reason to be optimistic over life in the twenty-first century . A defense of progress that will provoke deep thinking and thoughtful discourse among his many fans. Booklist

Pinker defends progressive ideals against contemporary critics, pundits, cantankerous philosophers, and populist politicians to demonstrate how far humanity has come since the Enlightenment In an era of increasingly dystopian rhetoric, Pinker s sober, lucid, and meticulously researched vision of human progress is heartening and important. Publishers Weekly

[An] impeccably written text full of interesting tidbits from neuroscience and other disciplines The author examines the many ways in which Enlightenment ideals have given us lives that our forebears would envy even if gloominess and pessimism are the order of the day. Kirkus Review

Praise for The Better Angels of Our Nature:

If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this the most inspiring book I've ever read." Bill Gates (May, 2017)
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