Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress E–book/E–pub


Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress

Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free –tribalism authoritarianism demonization magical thinking–which demagogues are all too willing to exploit Many commentators committed to political religious or romantic ideologies fight a rearguard action against it The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperationWith intellectual depth and literary flair Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason science and humanism the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progre. Everyone should read Enlightenment Now It seems odd to reuire 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 with data in a compellingly written volume that challenges common assumptions The news cycle and many prominent intellectuals would have us think that the world is becoming a darker scarier place yet the opposite is true While pessimism makes for good news coverage and stokes political fires denying progress causes us to mistrust the systems we ve put in place Combine that mistrust with a lack of understanding of WHY we put those systems in place and you get setbacks like a Trump presidency a burgeoning flat earther movement and anti vaccine advocacy Acknowledging humanity s successes is not foolishly optimistic or defeatist rather it should inspire us to work toward an even better future because we know our efforts will not be in vain This is not a Panglossian best of all possible worlds rather it is ackowledgement that we live in the best world SO FAR A uote from Barack Obama summarizes this view If you had to choose a moment in history to be born and you did not know ahead of time who you would be you didn t know whether you were going to be born into a wealthy family or a poor family what country you d be born in whether you were going to be a man or a woman if you had to choose blindly what moment you d want to be born you d choose nowThis account of progress plays out on a variety of uantifiable measures and it s not just good news for denizens of first world countries Pinker is careful to tease apart the trends that typically begin in developed countries and then spread globally Average life expectancy worldwide was stalled at 30 years until the late 1800s but has now skyrocketed to 71 Child mortality has plummeted For an American woman being pregnant a century ago was almost as dangerous as having breast cancer today Infectious diseases are being driven to extinction and many already have Caloric intake has increased across the world even as population continues to grow to the point that in many countries the poorest people are over fed rather than under fed Undernourishment is fast becoming a thing of the past and famines are now incredibly rare and lack the destructive potential of their predecessors even a century ago All people are becoming on average wealthier wealth ineuality is a separate topic that is also addressed but the trend is still positive across the world and have disposable income and opportunities to learn and travel Literacy has grown and with it I Work hours have decreased and child labor is in steep decline Violence and death are down across almost every single measure as Pinker detailed in another book The Better Angels of Our Nature and expands on here Representative government has spread to a majority of the world s countries and individuals These improvements surprisingly also play out in sustainability a chapter in particular that challenged many of my assumptions energy use pollution and population growth Pinker is no Pollyana he does carefully address some of our most pressing problems namely climate change and the threat of nuclear war Even for these serious uandaries he provides cause for optimism and some potential answersAll these charts and trends have ragged trajectories that dip and rise along their paths None of these improvements come all at once or unceasingly As Pinker says that would be magic and science isn t magic There are reasons for these improvements and those reasons can be applied to solving new problems Pinker also unpacks the importance of appealing to reason the power of scientific thinking and a basis for secular morality that transcends religious identity He identifies and argues against the worldviews that oppose the ideals of the Enlightenment This is a long book but it is important timely and a delight to read

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Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Iases Instead follow the data In seventy five jaw dropping graphs Pinker shows that life health prosperity safety peace knowledge and happiness are on the rise not just in the West but worldwide This progress is not the result of some cosmic force It is a gift of the Enlightenment the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishingFar from being a naïve hope the Enlightenment we now know has worked But than ever it needs a vigorous defense The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature. This concoction and Roslings similar Go on everything is super Factfulness were the reasons for me to leave the soft space of some humanities that are nothing than appeasement belittlement and deception A mix of different uotes from the book and thoughts and impressions I had while consuming this fairytale Some points might be redundant sorry for that but this is what happens when taking notes about a book that is nonsense 1 He s attacking the ones who aren t grateful says everything is fine takes the premise that because some things became better everything is great based on unbearable pseudoscience 2 Hey what about talking just about the positive things and avoiding anything negative or controversial3 Of course there is only the great Western way of living capitalism ineluctably always leads to the best society in the world4 If some things have become better thanks to technology in the last hundred years there is of course everything great and no problems with anything 5 Wait a moment what exactly is Pinkers legitimation to talk about those topics he must be an expert maybe a uniue ingenious polymath in many different fields to make serious prognosis not just assumptions no even certainties about the whole society and the future Oh yes he is a linguist and cognitive psychologist that wrote some good works in his field and thought after that Hm why not write some happy go lucky books based on nothing except what media government and the economy want me to highlight to boost my sales 6 One of the funniest things about such books is that they are close to impossible to suss if one has not read some progressive alternative literature in contrast to what is permanently repeated in mainstream media and science7 Sweatshops aren t that bad8 Capitalism already solved and will solve the few little problems it created Sure a problem repairs the problems it creates instead of creating greater problems9 He finds the fact that people call humans under the current economic system a malady to the planet evil discriminating hateful and wrong although it s the truth10 He is biased does the ultimate replication crisis demonstration11 Philosophical out of context bla yada drivel that isn t even close to the real philosophers but fine tuned and modified to fit to the agenda and dogma of this book12 Peak car Why show me the extrapolations13 He ignores so much hard based science that doesn t fit to the conclusions he wants that it s hard to endure14 He states that richer states have less environmental pollutions and get cleaner So let s go jogging in an industrial center and go swimming in the local lake afterward Who survives can pick some berries and vegetables grown outdoors and will be gone soon too 15 He compares the environmental protection movement with extremists calling it misanthropic environmentalism He does as if the wide consense about habitat destruction and the sixth extinction doesn t exist and compares it to pessimistic people who spread viral fake news ideas16 He loves to use those techniues17 He praises science knowledge wisdom creativity intelligence as wordy as possible while being an ignorant apologist for the perfect current system ignoring and attacking any other opinion than his own21 His arrogance joviality condescension and belittlement in his writing and in interviews are disgusting22 There is no problem with distributive justice everything is fine because so many people aren t extremely poor any but now just poor or close to poverty23 He talks about ideas concepts humanities avoiding anything substantial profound and hard science based24 He and Rosling have the same concept Look stupid people of the world here is the manipulated data you are too dumb to understand in the way I want you to understand it so let me explain it you while warmongering and hate trolling against anything that doesn t confirm my opinion 25 He keeps repeating general knowledge about many things that have improved stating that it will continue to get better 26 He picks any person anecdote or fact out of context to mostly demonstrate a pro capitalistic world view 27 He knows everything about the climate he is a weather God Nobody else thousands of scientists aren t sure what will happen with climate change global warming how earths systems and the sun really function and how bad it will become but Pinker knows that everything will be fine now in 100 years always and forever The sun always tells him how it will shine 28 Combat poverty instead of reducing ineuality Of course give a man a fish a day instead of showing him how to angle or allowing him at least to fish but the lake and the sea are privatized sorry Give tiny parts of wealth to the poor instead of changing a dysfunctional system29 Overconsumption and consumerism are absolutely no problems we should just reduce the environmental damage it does bymagic and positive thinking and not listening to the lies those pesky pessimists are telling30 In this so called age of new enlightenment anything progressive alternative or different of the dogmas is deemed a conspiracy theory He got me I also never uote or show the hard facts links I am inventing any review because the secret reptilian overlords are telling me to do it I am completely bonkers because I am a dirty leftist inventing conspiracy theories about military industrial complexes and post democracy and you don t want to know what else it s terrible for the kids31 The compulsion to have a positive mentality of being mindful calm meditating and not negative and pessimistic Forced happiness without reason and logic32 Much talk about the sock puppets of politics he doesn t like no meta analysis or mentioning of the puppetmasters or politicians he likes33 Extremism is caused by a power vacuum of disinterest in politics and the ideals that made democracy so great and it s the peoples fault who are used to this and don t appreciate it and has nothing to do with the system34 He calls marxism a pseudo fringe science Oh wait and of course because of this socialism is pseudo too and capitalism is based on hard science or what 35 He doesn t understand that faith and dictatorships that were criticized by the thinkers of the true enlightenment have been turned in our economic system that does exactly the same but perfidious and mendacious And that he s actively attacking and denying the thesis of the ones who work for a new enlightenment36 Truth can t be constructed Wait why do you do it yourself Mr Pinker if it s impossible37 He uses data sources graphs statistics out of context or out of unscientific sources sometimes relating to just one article book study that is highly controversial38 He bashes anything left or progressive in science education and universities but doesn t mention the overwhelming right conservative majority in politics governments and economics with a single word39 Black people are not likely to be shot by police than white people in the US40 He is great at The evil news media are always hyping about crises and problems that don t really exist42 He says that there is far less violence for privileged people in rich states and rich people in poor countries but he should ask a prison inmate the impoverished population of Western countries or the poor majority of the worlds population in Afrika Asia and Latin Amerika I am sure that they are enthusiastic about the fact that there are fewer wars driven by political and economic interests of wealthy nations and they now just have to deal with crime starvation illness extreme poverty and violence and very low life expectancy Oh and of course with the regular financial crisis land grabbing and trade wars fought on and for their territory43 The rate of extinctions has been reduced by 75 % What I thought the contrary was the case and that we don t even know how many species we exterminate on a daily basis because we don t know how many exist44 Osama bin Laden owned a copy of a Chomsky book So left socialist ecosocial is the devil don t you understand45 Progressivism activism scientific results he doesn t like are described as useless 46 He is switching his opinions saying that something is bad if it s a point he doesn t like changing to great about the same thing institution philosophical concept science if it s something he likes mixing it with psychobabble and worst bad pseudo fringe science lying with statistics stuff And he doesn t even seem to recognize that he is contradicting himself because the book is a collection of such inconsistencies it s not even logical drivel47 He is not even mentioning that some of his crude theories could be wrong as any good scientist I ve read does in humility and self criticism instead he deems himself all knowing and is vilifying any opposition using subtle hate speechIt s so bizarre because of the combination of points I ve already mentioned He is no specialist in any of the fields the talks about and it would need a few of them to draw a realistic and objective picture Or at least an author who does his research and combines all points to an objective overview Instead he believes to reach god mode by combining cherrypicking mentioned replication crisis wrong attacks against anyone saying he is wrong integrating anectotism instead of long time data and mixing it up to a numbing phantasmagoria of an idyllic world that is in reality breaking in pieces What shocks me the most and what is the worst thing a scientist can do is that he integrates this hallucinations in the minds of intelligent literate educated people who infect others with this viral garbage so that they stop activism and avoid progressive alternative thinking and real productive contentions about the topic instead telling each other how great Pinker is and which of his amazing brilliant ideas they find most astonishing Possibly they should combine it with Roslings pseudo Factfulness for the full dosage of brainwashing and leave reality foreverIt s sad that Pinker started as a real scientist with his first books and switched to writing disinformation nonsense with The better angels of our nature that seems so follow the same pattern of empty yada bla gossip He uickly got richer but lost his reputation foreverAlternative economists and political scientists with ideas that could really change the world aren t read because of stuff like this Continued in the comments because there is no space left here

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Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free If you think the world is coming to an end think again people are living longer healthier freer and happier lives and while our problems are formidable the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and scienceIs the world really falling apart Is the ideal of progress obsolete In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom which play to our psychological b. 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 expectancy is up and police are killing fewer people both black and white Even the poor have refrigerators Ineuality is a reuisite sign of success So appreciate the wonderful state of affairs you find yourself in This is the message of Enlightenment Now with a title that sounds like a protest placard but which is actually a survey of the world by the statistics that states collectWe re so progressive we re beating back entropy itself Steven Pinker takes 500 pages to create a world where everything is so fabulously much better than it ever has been that anyone who says different is perpetuating an intellectual lie This is why it is your enlightenment The book is an endless uplifting editorial If you re buyingHe s at his best criticizing politics and science He shows precisely how our biases prejudice our most thoughtful conclusions and bemoans the lack of respect for science and the humanities He says science is presented in some schools as just another narrative or myth Humanities are in danger of extinction and they are critical to progressPinker has a nice tendency to support his arguments with examples and charts Unfortunately he balances this with a tendency to ignore states or countries that don t conform to his claims and he swings numbers around to make them look better He claims when he measures what people consume as opposed to what they earn the poverty rate in the USA is 3% So really everyone is thriving Even if they re visibly not I fully realize Pinker is untouchable and slated for sainthood but many things he says don t add up and a lot of it is just outrageous on its face Let him speak for himself On war Virtually every acre of land that was conuered after 1928 has been returned to the state that lost it Something must have happened in 1927 for him to pick 1928 but he doesn t say Where do you even begin to refute this Kaliningrad Mauritania The South China Sea Crimea Donbass Palestine He defends the demolition of the middle classes in the West Yes a hundred million Americans are worse off But a billion Chinese are better off The tradeoff is worth it he says That the extremely rich got fabulously rich is fine with him too On terrorism s decline Pinker points to recently low numbers of victim deaths to show how safe we really are He doesn t mention all the freedom of movement assembly and privacy we have lost to the terrorists He s satisfied they don t kill that much and that they will eventually fade away On the mellowing of war Weapons don t come into existence just because they are conceivable or physically possible Yes they do And worse everything can be weaponized from food to mouseclicks Pinker goes even further claiming most historians don t think the atomic bombings caused Japan to surrender in three days but rather it was the potential of Russia turning its attention from west to east There is a great deal of nonsense about how much cheaper life is today The provision of a light indoors would have cost the euivalent of 40000 in the middle ages if anyone could read while today lights cost fractions of pennies And 100 years ago it took 1800 hours work to afford a refrigerator among too many such examples But Pinker never bothers with the other side of the coin That today everyone must spend 150 a month on cable 125 on phone after purchasing a phone every two years with each costing than the fridge a 20000 car a mortgage and 50000 in school debt none of which were factors in the cost of living in the middle ages or be unable to function in society His endless comparisons are pointless He keeps repeating that because even the poor have flush toilets and refrigerators they are much better off today than ever He says even the fabulously wealthy Rothschilds didn t have a washing machine like nearly everyone 80% now supposedly has Pinker dismisses ecology as a pastime of the affluent The educated and wealthy we become the eco conscious we become so everything works out He completely ignores the fact we have crossed the red line That the oceans are toxic that there is trash and plastic everywhere that the carbon levels are at unseemly record levels That the Paris Accord has not dented the damage one bit But he says the air over London is no longer purple every day The book ends with an interminable bashing of religion which Pinker considers intellectually bankrupt He cites all the usual contradictions and hypocrisy narrow mindedness and longing for a cleaner era that never existed Basically religion and enlightenment are oil and waterSo you can look at Enlightenment Now in two ways according to your own various biases Either the greater message of positivism is too important and correct to criticize Pinker s maddening claims or the maddening claims make the whole exercise suspectDavid Wineberg

  • Hardcover
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  • Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress
  • Steven Pinker
  • English
  • 20 February 2018
  • 9780525427575

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