Review: Enlightenment Now

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress is the newest book by Steven Pinker, a Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and, probably unsurprisingly, my favourite writer and thinker.

Its aim is straightforward in one sense – that it is a manifesto aiming to show how far human progress has come and how we can use reason, science and humanism to continue these improvements – but immensely difficult in another, aimed to convince a general audience that is overwhelmingly unaware of the historical global declines in poverty and improvements in other indicators of human progress, and one that is susceptible to cognitive biases and partisan beliefs that cloud their (our) judgment.

Of course, not all readers will be uninformed or unaware of this progress, or disagree substantially with Pinker’s political beliefs, but the clarity, breadth and passion infused into the book make it…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at

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