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Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

The book presents a comprehensive analysis of human progress, using empirical data to argue that life has improved dramatically over the centuries due to the application of reason, science, and humanistic values. It challenges pessimistic perspectives and defends the Enlightenment ideals, advocating for their continued relevance in addressing contemporary challenges.

Key points:

1. Progress and Enlightenment: Pinker credits Enlightenment values for improvements in health, wealth, safety, peace, and happiness. He warns against regressing to pre-Enlightenment thinking.

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