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Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Autor: Steven Pinker
Sprecher: Arthur Morey
Spieldauer: 19 Std. und 49 Min.
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, read by Arthur Morey. Includes a bonus PDF of graphs.

Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West but worldwide.

Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent value system that many of us embrace without even realising it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. This is the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century.

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

©2018 Steven Pinker (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Reason, science, humanism and progress

Turn on, tune in, drop out of the media maelstrom and read Enlightenment Now. Repeat ad infinitum.

I have the greatest respect for Steven Pinker, his thinking and understanding of the world. The Blank Slate, and The Better Angels of our Nature have determined everything else that I’ve sought and read in the last couple of years. For anyone concerned and interested in the fate of humanism, progress and an enlightened humanity - this book belongs on the bookshelf and should be read thoroughly.

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Ein Augenöffner!!!

Super gut belegtes Buch, frei von persönlichen Meinungen und Vorurteilen! Ein klasse Lehrbuch für Meinungsbildung

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A fresh take on humanity at the moment!

A great book, which I tell my pupils and colleagues about! Read it as soon as possible.

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A must read

The best book, I've "read" so far. Not always comfortorable listen to, but always significant.

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Not so good as audio book due to many graphs

There are many references to graphs that are not coming with an audio book, which is really unfortunate for any interested reader.

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A book about hypotheses

If you read many non sci-fi books, you realize that this is book is nothing more than a list of many different hypotheses and bad explanations.
I would not recommend this book. Highly overrated.
Instead you should read books like factfulness by Hans Rosling or Sapiens.

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In science and the economy we trust

Strongly biased description of reality. Promises scientific analysis, provides simplistic views and answers instead. Had to stop after roughly 40%, felt like waste of time.

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Not my audiobook.

I like the genre, the ideas and the messages of the book. I am on the side of the author but probably in this case the audiobook format was not ideal.

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Makes you feel good about being a scientist

Steven Pinker examines how human lives have been getting better and longer thanks to enlightenment values and exposes how different biases create the illusion of living in newly horrible times. He tries to pinpoint what has actually been responsible for progress and problems in the past and what we should do to ensure that human flourishing continues.
This is one of my favourite books of all times. More people need to be aware of how good we have it and that there has never been such a thing as a golden age that we should be nostalgic for. Definitely recommend to everyone

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Mandatory reading/listening

Should be read/listened to by as Kanye proppenvoll as possible. It is a true eye-Körner and thought-provoking Book. Recommending it to friends and family and Gattung the Hardcover Version soon.