Known for his verve, his wit, and his profound ideas, Steven Pinker helps non-specialists understand the science behind human thought and action. One of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, Pinker translates his groundbreaking research into articles and books that are accessible to the general reader. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (February 2018) offers a rare, big-picture look at the course of human history. With persuasive evidence, Pinker boldly states that, despite fearmongering, confusion, and political upheaval, things are indeed getting better around the globe, and for us all—and we owe our state of peace, health, and happiness to the steady principles of the Enlightenment.
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