Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism, and Progress
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorIs the world falling apart? Is progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and follow the data. In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise worldwide. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment has worked.
Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations * Independent * He writes like an angel -- Matt Ridley * Economist * Praise for The Better Angels of our NatureBrilliant, mind-altering...Everyone should read this astonishing book -- David Runciman * Guardian * 'A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement' * The New York Times * [A] sweeping new review of the history of human violence...[Pinker has] the kind of academic superbrain that can translate otherwise impenetrable statistics into a meaningful narrative of human behaviour...impeccable scholarship * Sunday Times * A salutary reality-check...Better Angels is itself a great liberal landmark * Independent * A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement. Pinker convincingly demonstrates that there has been a dramatic decline in violence, and he is persuasive about the causes of that decline * The New York Times *