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    Instant New York Times best-seller. A New York Times notable book of 2018. One of The Economist's books of the year.

    "My new favorite book of all time." (Bill Gates)

    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 science. 

    Is 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 biases. 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 flourishing. 

    Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--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 cooperation. 

    With 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 progress. 

    Includes a Bonus PDF with charts and graphs.  

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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    ©2018 Steven Pinker (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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    "Narrator Arthur Morey hits the sweet spot with a balanced delivery pairing clarity and judicious pace to make Pinker's timely and uplifting message accessible to the thoughtful listener.... Listeners who enjoy a challenge will find this beautifully written, masterfully presented audiobook rewarding." (AudioFile)  

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    Pinker erklärt, warum die Welt besser geworden ist

    Sehr empfehlenswert! Neuer Blickwinkel beispielsweise auf Lösungen zum Klimawandel. Man gewöhnt sich an den Sprecher.

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    A very important book

    A very informative and at the same time, uplifting book. This is a rather rare combination nowadays and makes the read all the more worthwhile and captivating, despite its relative long length.
    In the current climate of negativism, populism and general skepticism towards the values of the Enlightenment, I would say it is one the most important books of our time.

    The reader does a good job of presenting this book.

    All in all, a most definite recommendation!