politics & society | November 23, 2018

Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now is One of the New York Times’ Most Notable Books of 2018

In a follow-up interview with bestselling author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker, he explains (among other things) what gave him the idea for Enlightenment Nowa book about why and how the world is getting better. “It was an epiphany from seeing graphs of human improvement that changed my view of the overall course of history: that progress is a demonstrable fact. It’s not a matter of seeing the glass half full. It’s not a matter of being an optimist. It’s a fact—that very few people know about.”

His below TED talk, based on Enlightenment Now, has been viewed almost three million times:  
Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker


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