Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Pinker, Steven

$362.00 MXN
Editorial:
Penguin Books
Año de edición:
2019
ISBN:
978-0-14-311138-2
Páginas:
576
Idioma:
Inglés

u003cbu003eINSTANT u003ciu003eNEW YORK TIMESu003c/iu003e BESTSELLERu003cbru003e A u003ciu003eNEW YORK TIMESu003c/iu003e NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018u003cbru003e ONE OF u003ciu003eTHE ECONOMIST'Su003c/iu003e BOOKS OF THE YEARu003cbru003e AND A PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFTu003cbru003e u003cbru003e "My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gatesu003cbru003e u003cbru003e If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.u003c/bu003eu003cbru003e u003cbru003e Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e With intellectual depth and literary flair, u003ciu003eEnlightenment Nowu003c/iu003e makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

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