Coming off a record breaking attendance at October’s meeting – 14 people, The Free Thinker Book club next discusses Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now. For those who’d rather listen than read, the audio book can be borrowed from the library or there are numerous videos on YouTube in which Pinker talks about the Enlightenment
7:00 PM, Church basement, Nov. 28, 2018 Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven 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 science.
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.
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