Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: 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. Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this eleg The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: ...

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Title:Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Author:Steven Pinker
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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress Reviews

  • David
    Feb 11, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

  • Trevor
    Mar 13, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

  • Lauren
    Oct 19, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

  • Richard
    Feb 14, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

  • Ericka Clouther
    Mar 16, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...

    There are more slaves than there ever has been therefore the world is worse than it ever has been. That is my parodic example of oversimple and overgeneral Pinker-logic. Wasn't it Albert Einstein that once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that coun...

    Steven Pinker was one of the first writers to kindle my passion for scientific thinking. When I read The Blank Slate in 2011, it exposed me to a host of intellectual disciplines that my undergraduate training in philosophy had neglected??most notably evolutionary psychology, skep...

    Ok, it took me a while to finish this one not because something is wrong with it but because the amount of facts and info it has on it, its a beautiful tesis on the world today facts about economy, politics, religion and social behavior, humanism is the sole purpose of this book and ex...

    This book gives a strong case for reason, science, humanism and progress (as defined in the book) and why these traits should be the bedrock for any progressive society and civilization. Bill Gates consider the book 'one of the greatest book out there right now' and you have to agree t...

    I did not like this book. I would say that this book was middling for the majority of it. The idea of the book is that progress has already happened, and we shouldn't be as doom and gloom as we are. But for a man who emphasizes the use of data and critical thinking, he doesn't reall...

    I read this because Bill Gates said we should all read it (here's his review: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Enli...). I thought this book was pretty interesting and engaging even if at times I found it unpersuasive. The concept is basically that things have gotten better throughout ...

  • Jillian Doherty
    Jul 24, 2017

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

  • Mark
    Jan 30, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

  • Morgan Blackledge
    May 19, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

  • Emily May
    Jun 23, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

  • Krista
    Mar 30, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

  • Atila Iamarino
    Mar 04, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

  • Jonathan Yu
    Mar 12, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

  • Alex MacMillan
    Feb 22, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

  • Gary
    Feb 14, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

  • Miles
    Mar 24, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...

    There are more slaves than there ever has been therefore the world is worse than it ever has been. That is my parodic example of oversimple and overgeneral Pinker-logic. Wasn't it Albert Einstein that once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that coun...

    Steven Pinker was one of the first writers to kindle my passion for scientific thinking. When I read The Blank Slate in 2011, it exposed me to a host of intellectual disciplines that my undergraduate training in philosophy had neglected??most notably evolutionary psychology, skep...

  • Charles
    Feb 16, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

  • Ross Blocher
    Mar 25, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

  • Yousif Al Zeera
    Apr 01, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...

    There are more slaves than there ever has been therefore the world is worse than it ever has been. That is my parodic example of oversimple and overgeneral Pinker-logic. Wasn't it Albert Einstein that once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that coun...

    Steven Pinker was one of the first writers to kindle my passion for scientific thinking. When I read The Blank Slate in 2011, it exposed me to a host of intellectual disciplines that my undergraduate training in philosophy had neglected??most notably evolutionary psychology, skep...

    Ok, it took me a while to finish this one not because something is wrong with it but because the amount of facts and info it has on it, its a beautiful tesis on the world today facts about economy, politics, religion and social behavior, humanism is the sole purpose of this book and ex...

    This book gives a strong case for reason, science, humanism and progress (as defined in the book) and why these traits should be the bedrock for any progressive society and civilization. Bill Gates consider the book 'one of the greatest book out there right now' and you have to agree t...

  • Amir The Fat Bookworm
    Apr 29, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

  • Bakunin
    May 01, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Feb 14, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

  • Rafael
    Jun 23, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...

    There are more slaves than there ever has been therefore the world is worse than it ever has been. That is my parodic example of oversimple and overgeneral Pinker-logic. Wasn't it Albert Einstein that once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that coun...

    Steven Pinker was one of the first writers to kindle my passion for scientific thinking. When I read The Blank Slate in 2011, it exposed me to a host of intellectual disciplines that my undergraduate training in philosophy had neglected??most notably evolutionary psychology, skep...

    Ok, it took me a while to finish this one not because something is wrong with it but because the amount of facts and info it has on it, its a beautiful tesis on the world today facts about economy, politics, religion and social behavior, humanism is the sole purpose of this book and ex...

  • Rhys
    Sep 10, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

  • Ryan B
    Feb 17, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

  • Ian
    May 27, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...

  • David Wineberg
    Jan 30, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

  • `Ashlula` Ayse
    Jul 22, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

  • Dominika
    Jul 02, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...

    There are more slaves than there ever has been therefore the world is worse than it ever has been. That is my parodic example of oversimple and overgeneral Pinker-logic. Wasn't it Albert Einstein that once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that coun...

    Steven Pinker was one of the first writers to kindle my passion for scientific thinking. When I read The Blank Slate in 2011, it exposed me to a host of intellectual disciplines that my undergraduate training in philosophy had neglected??most notably evolutionary psychology, skep...

    Ok, it took me a while to finish this one not because something is wrong with it but because the amount of facts and info it has on it, its a beautiful tesis on the world today facts about economy, politics, religion and social behavior, humanism is the sole purpose of this book and ex...

    This book gives a strong case for reason, science, humanism and progress (as defined in the book) and why these traits should be the bedrock for any progressive society and civilization. Bill Gates consider the book 'one of the greatest book out there right now' and you have to agree t...

    I did not like this book. I would say that this book was middling for the majority of it. The idea of the book is that progress has already happened, and we shouldn't be as doom and gloom as we are. But for a man who emphasizes the use of data and critical thinking, he doesn't reall...

  • Bill Gates
    May 17, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

  • Edward Sudall
    Feb 25, 2018

    For years, I?ve been saying Steven Pinker?s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I?d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in huma...

    You?ve never had it so good, and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts (over 70!) to prove it. Wars are fewer and less severe, homicides are down, racism is in decline, terrorism is a fading fad, democracy rules, communicable diseases and poverty are on their way out. Life expectanc...

    When this book was not boring me it was irritating me. All of the author?s anecdotes I had read elsewhere. Science is good. I don?t need convincing. Vaccines work. Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world. Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows it....

    Why I won't be reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... ...

    Tudo o que esperava e um pouco mais. O livro é uma continuação do Os Anjos Bons da Nossa Natureza: Por Que a Violência Diminuiu, onde o Pinker escreve porque a humanidade está progredindo em quase todos os sentidos, apesar de termos a impressão do contrário. Para alguém como...

    A few months ago, I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book. I must say that his speaking skill did not impress me. However, his writing skill is brilliant. This is a very important book--epic in scope, comprehensive, well thought-out and structured, incredibly well researched,...

    Ever since Bill Gates tweeted his endorsement for Pinker's Better Angels, fans have rushed to support his writing of big ideas by big thinkers! Enlightenment Now illustrates Pinker's practical yet tangible style, but is freshly positive as well. His explosive understanding toward so...

    Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and, essentially, not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president. We are not, contrary to popular belief, going backwards, and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas, such as wealth,...

    As with Steven Pinker?s earlier "The Better Angels of Our Nature," of which this is really an expansion and elucidation, I was frustrated by this book. On the one hand, Pinker is an able thinker and clear writer, free of much of the ideological cant and distortions of vision that tod...

    Everyone should read Enlightenment Now. It seems odd to require a defense of reason, science, humanism and progress, but we suffer if we do not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles. Steven Pinker has done us the favor of chronicling that progress, wit...

    This book is a sequel to Steven Pinker's other book "The Better Angels of our nature". The "The Better Angels of our nature" is a detailed comparison of violence in history. And how it reduced. The reasons for reduction and existence of these violences was covered. But "Enlightenment...

    In his newest book, (Neoliberalism) Now: The Case for (Positivism), Scien(tism), (Atheism), and (Globalization), Steven Pinker seeks to cash in on the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. His method o...

    If you had to chose a time to be alive, and (here?s the catch) you couldn?t pick what race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or nationality you were. You?d be flat wrong if you chose any other time than right fuckin? now! Skeptical? Steven Pinker would like...

    Pinker?s latest is getting a lot of press, of course. Here are a few links: His own synopsis at the Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working (paywall; try Googling wsj The Enlightenment Is Working and clicking through from Google, maybe into ?private browsing mode?...

    Enlightening indeed! Very uplifting reading, especially for pessimists like me. He clearly points out the effect of distorted/exaggerated news, the negative bias of people, dirty politics and the lack of reason behind all the sky-is -falling attitude that seems to dominate communities....

    As in The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker shows us why we have to look beyond the news cycle and our own biases to examine the forces that have continuously improved conditions for the bulk of humanity. And Pinker provides the data to back his arguments up. There's no doubt ...

    I really enjoy Pinker's books. I think I have read all of them. I enjoyed this one as well despite some of my political differences with Pinker. I laud his hailing of the enlightenment. I am with him this maligned movement should get more respect than it does. I am a big believer in m...

    In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker spends 550+ pages attempting to disavow you of any notion of "the good ol' days". And he IS pretty convincing. He's got stats and graphs and lots of evidence to bolster his case that we live in...

    I see a lot of hostile commentary on this book. My opinion is that they didn?t read it as they hash the same issues that the author addresses. This book is flawed. It?s sorta long and it lags at the end but I still say it?s 5 stars because of the mindset it instills in you. T...

    A paean to the status quo that can be summarized in four words: ?don?t worry, be happy?. (Actually five words, as one is contracted). This book will no doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the country. His thesis is that E...

    Francis Bacon once said that ?some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.? This is one of the few. The main thesis of the book is that the enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism have led to scientific and mo...

    I usually wait a while to write a review of a book in order to digest all the important aspects of the work and this is certainly true in this case as well. Being somewhat of a libertarian with conservative leanings I found this book to be both illuminating as well as challenging. Th...

    What is progress? You might think that the question is so subjective and culturally relative as to be forever unanswerable. In fact, it?s one of the easier questions to answer. Most people agree that life is better than death. Health is better than sickness. Sustenance is better tha...

    Prof. Pinker points out early in this book that people have a tendency to marshal evidence that confirms their convictions whilst dismissing evidence that contradicts them. I?m as guilty of that as most people, and on the evidence of this book, my own convictions are similar to the a...

    There are more slaves than there ever has been therefore the world is worse than it ever has been. That is my parodic example of oversimple and overgeneral Pinker-logic. Wasn't it Albert Einstein that once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that coun...