THE CASE FOR REASON SCIENCE HUMANISM AND PROGRESS TSD- «THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE» ABOUT HUMAN PROGRESS THE FOLLOW-UP TO PINKER'S PATHBREAKING THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE ARGUES THAT DESPITE THE RAMPANT PESSIMISM ABOUT THE STATE OF THE WORLD TODAY, THE FACTS PROVE THAT WE ARE ON A SIGNIFICANT PATH UPWARD AND CAN CONTINUE THAT WAY, BUT ONLY IF WE UNDERSTAND THE IDEALS (AND EMBRACE THE TOOLS) THAT HAVE CREATED THAT PROGRESS. A NECESSARY COUNTER TO THE CURRENT GOSPEL OF DOOM.
Are things really going to hell in a handbasket? In this elegant and urgent assessment of the human condition in the third millennium,cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker proves that--despite the robust market for prophecies of woe--we're living longer, healthier, safer, richer, freer, happier, and more meaningful lives worldwide. The problems we face are formidable, but we have the tools to solve them. Our best days are, indeed, still ahead of us.
Progress is not inevitable, or the result of some mysterious force, he argues; it is the fruit of a system of beliefs and values that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the ideals of the Enlightenment: the conviction that we can use reason and science to enhance human flourishing. Far from being a naïve dream, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. Pinker shows in more than sixty jaw-dropping graphs that humanity is far better off than it was decades and centuries ago.