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Interests of wealthy nations and they now just have to eal 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 New Trends Generations in African Literature Today, Alt 20 don t even know how many species we exterminate on aaily basis because we The Battle over Marriage don t know how many exist44 Osama bin Laden owned a copy of a Chomsky book So left socialist ecosocial is theevil Teaching History for Justice don t you understand45 Progressivism activism scientific results heoesn t like are Laughing to Keep from Dying described as useless 46 He is switching his opinions saying that something is bad if it s a point heoesn 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 INTERRACIAL ROMANCE doesn t even seem to recognize that he is contradicting himself because the book is a collection of such inconsistencies it s not even logicalrivel47 He is not even mentioning that some of his crude theories could be wrong as any good scientist I ve read Stolen Years does in humility and self criticism instead heeems 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 Sarah T - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic draw a realistic and objective picture Or at least an author whooes 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 LA Mujer En Puerto Rico 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 cano 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 Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies dosage of brainwashing and leave reality foreverIt s sad that Pinker started as a real scientist with his first books and switched to writingisinformation 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 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 Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree 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 itWhy euate Al Gore with Theodore Kaczynski The Unabomber as the author seems too regarding the environment Is Fox News really right when they said the poor can t be poor because they have cell phones and air conditioning today The author My Hero Academia memes jokes - Funny and Jokes memes book defended that absurdity though heoesn t mention that Fox used to argue that when Obama was president And why Technologies for Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse and Addiction did the author make a false euivalence between Bernie Sanders a 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 areown racism is in Secret Origins Action Figures decline terrorism is a fading fademocracy rules communicable iseases 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 ifferent 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 Active Noise Control Systems: Algorithms and DSP Implementations (Wiley Series in Telecommunications and Signal Processing) 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 tend For years I ve been saying Steven Pinker s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I read in a Effective executive in action 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 human history I never seen such a clear explanation of progressI m going to stop talking up Better Angels so much because Pinker has managed to top himself His new book Enlightenment Now is even better Enlightenment Now takes the approach he uses in Better Angels to track violence throughout history and applies it to 15 Data Structures and Algorithms in C different measures of progress like uality of life knowledge and safety The result is a holistic picture of how and why the world is getting better It s like Better Angels on steroidsI read the book slowly since I loved it so much but I think most people will find it a uick and accessible read He manages to share a ton of information in a way that s compelling memorable and easy toigestIt opens with an argument in favor of returning to the ideals of the Enlightenment an era when reason science and humanism were touted as the highest virtuesI m all for reason science and humanism but what I found most interesting WERE THE 15 EXPLORING EACH the 15 chapters each of progress Pinker is at his best when he analyzes historic trends and uses ata to put the past into context I was already familiar with a lot of the information he shares especially about health and energy but he understands each subject so eeply that he s "able to articulate his case in a way that feels fresh and " to articulate his case in a way that feels fresh and love how he s willing to To Heal a Wounded Heart diveeep into primary Narcissistic Abuse Recovery data sources and pull out unexpected signs of progress I tend to point to things likeramatic reductions in poverty and childhood Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 18811917 deaths because I think they re such a good measure of how we reoing as a society Pinker covers those areas but he also looks at obscure topicsHere are five of my favorite facts from the book that show how the world is improving1 You re 37 times less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning than you were at the turn of the century and that s not because there are fewer thunderstorms today It s because we have better weather prediction capabilities improved safety education and people living in cities2 Time spent A Memory of Mankind doing laundry fell from 115 hours a week in 1920 to an hour and a half in 2014 This might sound trivial in the grand scheme of progress But the rise of the washing machine has improved uality of life by freeing up time for people mostly women to enjoy other pursuits That time represents nearly half aay every week that could be used for everything from binge watching Ozark or reading a book to starting a new business3 You re way less likely to Will Teach for Food Academic Labor in Crisis Cultural Politics die on the job Every year 5000 peopleie from occupational accidents in the US But in 1929 when our population was less than two fifths the size it is today 20000 people Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee died on the job People back then viewedeadly workplace accidents as part of the cost of Counter Discourse in African Literature doing business Today we know better and we ve engineered ways to build things without putting nearly as many lives at risk4 The global average I score is rising by about 3 I points everyecade Kids brains are eveloping fully thanks to improved nutrition and a cleaner environment Pinker also credits analytical thinking in and out of the classroom Think about how many symbols you interpret every time you check your phone s home screen or look at a subway map Our world today encourages abstract thought from a young age and it s making us smarter5 War is illegal This idea seems obvious But before the creation of the United Nations in 1945 no institution had the power to stop countries from going to war with each other Although there have been some exceptions the threat of international sanctions and intervention has proven to be an effective eterrent to wars between nationsPinker also tackles the isconnect between actual progress and the perception of progress something I ve spent a lot of time thinking about People all over the world are living longer healthier and happier lives so why o so many think things are getting worse Why Material Alchemy do we gloss over positive news stories and fixate on the negative ones Heoes a good job explaining why we re rawn to pessimism and how that instinct influences our approach to the world although I wish he went in epth about the psychology especially since he s a psychologist by training The late Hans Rosling explains this fully in his excellent new book Factfulness I agree with Pinker on most areas but I think he s a bit too optimistic about artificial intelligence He s uick to Basics of successful agriculture in the tropics dismiss the idea of robots overthrowing their human creators While Ion t think we re in Regenerating Agriculture: Policies and Practice for Sustainability and Self Reliance danger of a Terminator style scenario the uestion underlying that fear who exactly controls the robots is a valid one We re not there yet but at some point who has AI and who controls it will be an important issue for global institutions to addressThe big uestions surrounding automation are proof that progress can be a messy sticky thing but thatoesn t mean we re headed in the wrong They Hear Me Crying Now! (The True Story of Child Abuse Continued) - Child Abuse True Stories direction At the end of Enlightenment Now Pinker argues that we will never have a perfect world and it would beangerous to seek one But there is no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishingThe world is getting better even if it Mobilizing Islam doesn t always feel that way I m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker s ever written It s my new favorite book of all tim. –tribalism authoritarianismemonization magical thinking–which BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1 (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Secret Baby Romance Contemporary Romance) 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 liberalemocracy and global cooperationWith intellectual epth 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. Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and ProgressIn his newest book Neoliberalism Now The Case for Positivism Scientism 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 of reasoning and tone of argument seeks to preach to the choir rather than persuade the unaffiliated Unlike his classic works The Blank Slate and The Sense of Style this book will not be something we return to ecades from now except as a time capsule into the conventional wisdom of Economist reading Davos attendees Alien Zookeeper's Abduction during the early 21st century The book isivided into three parts Part I This would make a great TedTalk Part II Where it Tyral (Mated to the Alien, doesn t lift entire sections from Better An A paean to the status uo that can be summarized in four wordson t worry be happy Actually five words as one is contracted This book will no Knocked Up by a Thug doubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the countryHis thesis is that Enlightenment principles must beefended but not against mindless consumerism not against the growing isparities of wealth not against the isruption of earth systems No the Enlightenment must be The Logic of Self-Destruction defended against The Strawman The author lets the cat out early in the book Intellectuals hate progress p39 Later Pinker says An axiom of progressive opinion especially in universities is that we continue to live in aeeply racist sexist and homophobic society which would imply that progressivism is a waste of time having accomplished nothing at Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era decades of struggle p215 Did your jaw justrop too This is a recurring theme in the book binary positions If you feel that we have a ways to go regarding bigotry then you are just not appreciative enough of the gains intellectuals and progressives are anti Enlightenment Just five pages later he says that heightened concern is not futile moralizing but has brought measurable progress which means that continuing this concern can lead to greater progress still p220 Yes the idea of progressive thinking is that maintaining a heightened level of concern can motivate greater gains towards Enlightenment ideals unless that is you are an intellectual who when maintaining a heightened level of concern is just being unappreciative of the meaty bone the status uo has already thrown youPinker says police shoot too many people but it s not primarily a racial issue I wonder if the number of people who are shot with their empty hands in the air is a racial issue maybe a nice chart on that one would be interesting Maybe he should interview groups of people who live in fear of the police of being carded while walking of being stopped on the road because of their appearanceIn his effort to make all of his graphs show The Alchemy of Opposites diminishing bads over time he has to fudge GHG emissions to show GHG emissions GDP This is a favourite trick of those who wish toelay any meaningful efforts to face climate change the atmosphere Holy Crap The World is Ending The Anunnaki Chronicles doesn t care how many goods and services an economy creates Emissions are continuing to increase as our economy expands Diluting this value with a GDP measure ofematerialized services is of an indicator of what public and personal work has been Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop Culture devoured by The Market than anything too with emissions In plain words it is The Wrong Complexion for Protection disingenuousProbably the mostistressing aspect of this book is Pinker s unwillingness to engage in a meaningful critiue of left intellectuals who he seems to A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp With the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers despise His references to them involve either grossog whistle caricatures the butt of a Russian peasant joke or a cheap pot shot Osama Bin Laden owned a copy of a book by Noam Chomsky really Who cares And then he misrepresents Deconstruction and post modernism as the heartbeat of anti Enlightenment thought heirs of the anti rational Romantic thinkers of the past Any intellectual who explores truth making like the Continental philosophers or challenges the big empty narratives around freedom truth right etc becomes anti rational Then Pinker unloads the big clich that you can t make a rational statement about truth being socially constructed which to Pinker means that what is meant is that there is no truth binary thinking again and therefore anti rational for a page or two he ances around the logical impossibility of making a rational statement about an anti rationalist position as if anyone really holds this position But when it comes to his tribe he says in italics no Enlightenment thinker ever claimed that humans were consistently rational It s surprising that author could not see that this sentiment cuts both ways Eg no postmodernist thinker ever claimed that humans were consistently irrational The left too has missed the boat in its contempt for the market and its romance with Marxism What oes this even mean What Marxism the critiue of capital I think this is most revealing as Pinker Children of the Sun dodges any reference to capitalism or accurately a critiue of capitalism The romance with Marxism is a sign of Enlightenment principles at work as opposed to aogmatic adherence to Capitalism as the best system in the past and by extrapolation the best system forever In addition to this bias Pinker is uick to point out what he considers bad about communist or leftist governments without evaluating their successes and failures on the same principled measures as he applies throughout the book for example rather than a chauvinistic Approaches To Academic Reading And Writing dismissal of Venezuela under Chavez measure his gains or failures in child mortality longevity homicides poverty literacy and so on He critiues the numbers of left intellectuals in the academy a place where ambiguity honest analysis and critiue is fostered butoesn t conduct a similar survey of Ratio Of Left ratio of left right thinkers in positions power in public office or corporate boardrooms not to mention the academy Later Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 during his analysis of Islam he uotes ex Muslim activist Sarah Haider who says Religions are just ideas andon t have rights Criticizing the ideas of Islam is no bigoted than criticizing the ideas of neoliberalism or the Republican Party Platform p442 I wonder if he feels this way about other non Muslim faith based states in the region replace Islam with another faith and #i wonder what sort of reception his book #wonder what sort of reception his book have receivedI could go on and on as every page packs a groaner Overall Pinker loses the gist of his thesis in a stew of gross generalizations and what I would consider a contempt for the Enlightenment project as it relates to preserving open Witch-Hunt Narrative discussion of ideals and efforts against the reification of power structures and narratives that hinder progress Has humanity come a long way Sure who reallyoubts that Do we have work to My Hero Academia Series Volume 1 - 20 Books Collection Set by Kouhei Horikoshi do Yes weo but you wouldn t feel any urgency to Alcohol Addiction Recovery do so from this bookPinker says Instead their reputations hinge on their ability to entertain titillate or shock on their ability to instill confidence or fear in the hopes that a prophecy might be self fulfilling or selfefeating and on their skill in galvanizing a coalition and celebrating its virtue I would say this is a good Mars Journey description of the author of Enlightenment NowJust to be clear Iidn t like this book Everyone should read Enlightenment Now It seems odd to reuire a Beating the Odds - From shocking childhood abuse to the embrace of a loving family, one mans true story of courage and redemption defense of reason science humanism and progress but we suffer if weo not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles Steven Pinker has Climax (Double Alchemy, done us the favor of chronicling that progress withata 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 Peace DeLeos Action Thriller Singles darker scarier place yet the opposite is true While pessimism makes for good news coverage and stokes political firesenying 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 Roots and Blossoms 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 youid not know ahead of time who you would be you idn t know whether you were going to be born into a wealthy family or a poor family what country you be born in whether you were going to be a man or a woman if you had to choose blindly what moment you Shakespeare d want to be born you choose nowThis account of progress plays out on a variety of uantifiable measures and it s not just good news for BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) denizens of first world countries Pinker is careful to tease apart the trends that typically begin ineveloped 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 Seers Stone (Hidden Alchemy dangerous as having breast cancer today Infectiousiseases are being Caveman Alien’s Riddle (Caveman Aliens, 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 theestructive 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 Teaching white South African literature in high school disposable income and opportunities to learn and travel Literacy has grown and with it I Work hours haveecreased and child labor is in steep A Wish Your Heart Makes decline Violence andeath are Agricultural Development: An International Perspective (Johns Hopkins Studies in Development) down across almost every single measure as Pinkeretailed 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 Loves Abuse Warrior Camp 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 thatip and rise along their paths None of these improvements come all at once or unceasingly As Pinker. 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 Contemporary African literature doom which play to our psychological 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 aelight to read A few months ago I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book I must say that his speaking skill id not impress me However his writing skill is brilliant This is a very 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 health safety education and eualityFaced with the numbers it s hard to isagree though I went into this fairly convinced already We Making Me Crazy (Multicultural Romance Series: NHL Billionaire Meets African American Beauty Book 1) do not by any measure live in a great world but weo live in a better world than we Alt 38 Environmental Transformations did fifty one hundred one thousand years ago Pinker presents this information using charts and tables in this extensively researched bookHowever some of his claims are not really backed up by the evidence either because he uses limited sources or engages in some avoiding the issue fallacies The lengthy breakdown of how much things cost compared to how much they cost in say the Middle Ages is irrelevant to theiscussion of wealth because Pinker Academic Skills doesn t consider new kinds of expenses mortgages insurance electric gas and phone bills etc I also looked up a couple of the references he uses and now I m skeptical about the others One example I checked on was his source for the claim that black people are no likely to be shot by police than white people in America Obviously this is a hot topic and a controversial claim to make His single source for such a bold claim here actually found that black people were likely to be shot by police than white people but offered an opinion as to why this might be Other piecesisagreeHe arrives at a number of these grand conclusions based on a single article which is often an opinion piece He cherry picks information to suit his argument and relies on the unlikelihood that anyone will go check his sources It s a shame to be honest because I think the central argument is a strong one that we are indeed making progress There s a whole lot to suggest that the world isn t going to hell in a handbasket But Pinker actually risks fuelling a bleak opposite of societal pessimism While I Before the Door Closes don tisagree that we are faced with a lot of oom foreshadowing news stories there is also an ever growing misconception that ineuality is over That our society is colourblind and that women are now treated no ifferent to men Pinker s We Are Each Others Harvest distortion of facts often supports this theory and it is incorrectThings are overall getting better but over exaggerating the extent to which improvements have been madeoes not help anyone Well other than making rich white men feel better about the state of the world they rule overBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Why I won t be reading this 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 They Left Great Marks on Me deception A mix ofifferent 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 ifferent 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 iscriminating hateful and wrong although it s the truth10 He is biased Talking About Trees does the ultimate replication crisisemonstration11 Philosophical out of context bla yada rivel that isn t even close to the real philosophers but fine tuned and modified to fit to the agenda and ogma of this book12 Peak car Why show me the extrapolations13 He the agenda and The Rules of Engagement for Overcoming Your Past dogma of this book12 Peak car Why show me the extrapolations13 He so much hard based science thatoesn 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 Bibliographia Aethiopica II does as if the wide consense about habitatestruction and the sixth extinction oesn t exist and compares it to pessimistic people who spread viral fake NEWS IDEAS16 HE LOVES TO USE ideas16 He loves to use 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 own21 His arrogance joviality condescension and belittlement in writing and in interviews are isgusting22 There is no problem with Say It Plain A Century of Great African American Speeches 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 manipulatedata you are too Saving Spring 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 thatoesn 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 Making the Corn Belt: A Geographical History of Middle-Western Agriculture 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 aay 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 Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection dysfunctional system29 Overconsumption and consumerism are absolutely no problems we should just reduce the environmentalamage it oes 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 ifferent of the Academia Dream dogmas iseemed 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 The Alien Assassins Stolen Bride do it I am completely bonkers because I am airty leftist inventing conspiracy theories about military industrial complexes and post Different Like Me: A Book for Teens Who Worry About Their Parent's Use of Alcohol/Drugs democracy and youon 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 Alcohol y Creación doesn t like no meta analysis or mentioning of the puppetmasters or politicians he likes33 Extremism is caused by a power vacuum ofisinterest in politics and the ideals that made The Wet and the Dry: Irrigation and Agricultural Intensification in Polynesia democracy so great and it s the peoples fault who are used to this andon t appreciate it and has nothing to Organic Farming with respect to Cosmic Energy 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 Heoesn t understand that faith and The Philosopher's Stone A uest for the Secrets of Alchemy dictatorships that were criticized by the thinkers of the true enlightenment have been turned in our economic system thatoes exactly the same but perfidious and mendacious And that he s actively attacking and Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy denying the thesis of the ones who work for a new enlightenment36 Truth can t be constructed Wait whyo you Collapsing Consciously do it yourself Mr Pinker if it s impossible37 He usesata 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 How to Drink Without Drinking 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 thaton 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 African Native Literature, or Proverbs, Tales, Fables, Historical Fragments driven by political and economic. Iases Instead follow theata In seventy five jaw ropping 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 efense The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature.