Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker (2018)

B219361B-7FA2-4E7F-B982-D40327110F09Some people say they long for the good old days of the past. They believe life was more simple and that people were better off. This book addresses that romantic notion and sets out to prove that things are much better today than during any other time in our history. Using graphs and statistics, the author tackles various aspects of life that have improved over time, and indicates that further improvements may await us in the future. The book does not claim that the world is not without its problems. But, it does clarify that the so-called good old days of the past were not as great as we may think.

This book is divided into three sections. Part One attempts to explain the enlightenment movement and its ideals. Part Two examines several areas of improvement which have already occurred because of the enlightenment movement. And, Part Three presents the hurdles to the enlightenment movement with regard to reason, science and humanism, which puts the chances of further progress at risk.

The author explores several topics in an organized manner which makes this an interesting book. However, it is not written for the average reader and can be difficult to understand at times. I would recommend this book to anyone who does not mind a challenging read. People with an interest in history may also enjoy this book.

4 comments

  1. Great review! Sounds like something I’d like to read! From the sounds of it maybe I should have a dictionary handy – haha.
    The topic is something I’ve often thought about but wasn’t always easy to investigate. Thanks again !

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