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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, read by Arthur Morey. Includes a bonus PDF of graphs.
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 into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West but worldwide.
Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent value system that many of us embrace without even realising it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable. But the 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 other problems in the past. This is the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2018 Steven Pinker (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd
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By Timothy Lehmann on 20-02-2018

Essential listening

I loved "Better Angels" and this is a fitting sequel. A reminder that the big picture is a good one, regardless of what Facebook and Twitter may tell us.

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By Kevin on 26-08-2018

Good overview of enlightenment and progress

This provides a good summary of enlightenment progress to date and heavily criticised the push back happening in 2016. It fails dismally to explain the regressive nature of those that are trying to take advantage of the success of the enlightenment to further their own political agendas and are clearly overstepping the mark and working against further enlightenment. I would have liked to have heard more on this than the obvious discontent with the symptomatic push back.

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By ANDREW NORRIS on 15-02-2018

A must for everyone.

This is a fabulous piece of writing from one of the worlds most enlightened polymaths. It's an uplifting journey of reason and human progress. Highly recommended.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Alex D on 22-03-2018

The kind of book that makes you like humans

buy it. read it. make notes.

Throw the good facts at people when they're sad at the world.

Then listen to it again!

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