In a new TED talk, Harvard professor and science writer Steven Pinker says that the world is better now than ever before. His latest book, “Enlightenment Now,” makes a similar argument.
Bill Gates has said he reads 50 books a year, and “Enlightenment Now” is his favorite one yet.
Pinker defines progress as problem-solving, and says humanity should think of climate change and nuclear war as problems to be solved, not “apocalypses in waiting.”
Other writers have criticized Pinker for being overly optimistic about the state of the world.
Every day, we read news articles about war, shootings, pollution, inequality, and the threat of nuclear weapons. These stories may suggest that the world is in its worst state ever, especially for those who are marginalized.
But in a new TED talk and book, Harvard professor and acclaimed science writer Steven Pinker argues the world is not that bad. In fact, he says, humanity is improving every day. When you look at the data, our world is the best it’s ever been.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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