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Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas fCan 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 rationalor a page or two he dances 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 surprising that author could not see that this sentiment cuts both ways Eg no postmodernist thinker ever claimed that humans consistently irrational The left too has missed the boat in its contempt After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry for the market and its romance with Marxism What does this even mean What Marxism the critiue of capital I think this is most revealing as Pinker 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 a dogmatic adherence to Capitalism as the best system in the past and by extrapolation the best systemorever 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 Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread failures on the same principled measures as he applies throughout the bookor example rather without evaluating their successes and Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes failures on the same principled measures as he applies throughout the bookor example rather a chauvinistic dismissal of Venezuela under Chavez measure his gains or ailures 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 ostered but doesn t conduct a similar survey of the ratio of left to right thinkers in positions of power in public office or corporate boardrooms not to mention the academy Later during his analysis of Islam he uotes ex Muslim activist Sarah Haider who says Religions are just ideas and don 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 eels this way about other non Muslim aith based states in the region replace Islam with another aith and I wonder what sort of reception his book would 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 or the Enlightenment project as #and what I would consider a contempt or the Enlightenment project as relates to preserving open discussion of ideals and efforts against the reification of power structures and narratives that hinder progress Has humanity come a long way Sure who really doubts that Do we have work to do Yes we do but you wouldn t eel any urgency to do so Seven Days, Seven Dinners from this bookPinker says Instead their reputations hinge on their ability to entertain titillate or shock on their ability to instill confidence orear in the hopes that a prophecy might be self A Northern Light fulfilling or self defeating and on their skill in galvanizing a coalition and celebrating its virtue I would say this is a good description of the author of Enlightenment NowJust to be clear I didn t like this book. –tribalism authoritarianism demonization magical thinking–which demagogues are all too willing to exploit Many commentators committed to political religious or romantic ideologiesight a rearguard action against it The result is a corrosive If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperationWith intellectual depth and literarylair Enlightenment Now makes the case or reason science and humanism the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progre. ,

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Enlightenment Now The Case or Reason Science Humanism and ProgressFor years I ve been saying Steven Pinker s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I d read in a decade If I could recommend just one book or anyone to pick up that was When this
Book Was Not Boring Me 
was not boring me was irritating me All of the author s anecdotes I had read elsewhere Science is good I 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 to do 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 defended that absurdity though he doesn t mention that Fox used to argue that when Obama was president And why did the author make a alse euivalence between Bernie Sanders and Trump Sanders didn t believe climate change is a Chinese Hoax or pick someone in his cabinet who thinks vaccines cause autism or wanted to build a wall and claim Mexico will pay White Water for it oreed our hate against Muslims Browns Asians or anyone who strikes his The Slave Dancer fancyor the day even kneeling Special Agent football players This author always seemed to have some pie in the sky anti humanist post modernist Strawman he was easily demolishingor some reason I couldn t Sleep with the Fishes figure out He mentioned the in gratitude were in the 9th circle of hell and implied Dante had a point and people most of us have never heard of such as Heidegger Adorno and Neitzsche and I think he also mentioned Marcuse belonged thereor their in gratitude I m going to venture a guess since I didn t read all of the book the author doesn t like identity politics and gets bothered by political correctness and thinks both sides are to blame I don t know if that s where he was going but I wasn t going to The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History find out by wading thru aamiliar story I ve read better told in other booksThe author is completely out of his depth on economics and ineuality I suggest you read Piketty s book instead of this author s poorly constructed deconstruction of Piketty s wonderful book and then tell me again why ineuality is not real or not a big deal His Enlightenment and Romanticism knowledge seemed superficial Of the 8 or so Voltaire uips he provided I had heard them all elsewhere I stopped this book after 5 hours I got my credit back rom Audible I seldom do that This author was teaching me nothing I didn t already know and worse than that seemed to have a disregard or the truth by trying to defend his own thesis beyond what the A World on Fire facts would take a reasonable person Why I won t be reading this Aew months ago I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book I must say that his #speaking skill did not impress me However his writing skill is brilliant This #skill did not impress me However his writing skill is brilliant This a very important book epic in scope comprehensive well thought out and structured incredibly well researched and Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life full of some very important messagesThe book begins with A paean to the status uo that can be summarized inour words don t worry be happy Actually ive words as one is contracted This book will no doubt earn the author If you think the world is coming to an end think again people are living longer healthier reer and happier lives and while our problems are 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate formidable the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and scienceIs the world reallyalling 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 rom the gory headlines and prophecies of doom which play to our psychological Lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in #The CountryHis Thesis Is That Enlightenment Principles Must Be Defended #countryHis thesis is that Enlightenment principles must be defended not against mindless consumerism not against the growing disparities of wealth not against the disruption of earth systems No the Enlightenment must be 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 a deeply racist sexist and homophobic society which would imply that progressivism is a waste of time having accomplished nothing at decades of struggle p215 Did your jaw just drop too This is a recurring theme in the book binary positions If you eel 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 The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece five pages later he says that heightened concern is notutile 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 ear 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 diminishing bads over time he has to udge GHG emissions to show GHG emissions GDP This is a avourite trick diminishing bads over time he has to udge GHG emissions to show GHG emissions GDP This is a The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis favourite trick those who wish to delay any meaningful efforts toace climate change the atmosphere 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 of dematerialized services is of an indicator of what public and personal work has been devoured by The Market than anything to do with emissions In plain words it is disingenuousProbably the most distressing aspect of this book is Pinker s unwillingness In plain words it is disingenuousProbably the most distressing aspect of this book is Pinker s unwillingness engage in a meaningful critiue of left intellectuals who he seems to despise His references to them involve either gross dog 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 The Jumbee freedom truth right etc becomes anti rational Then Pinker unloads the big clich that you. Iases Insteadollow the data In seventy ive jaw dropping 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 orce It is a gift of the Enlightenment the conviction that reason and science can enhance human Simple Art of Greatness flourishingFarrom being a naïve hope the Enlightenment we now know has worked But than ever it needs a vigorous defense The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature. ,

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