Friday, Feb 01, 2019 7:00p -
279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
Lectures & Conferences
Celebrate the paperback release of Steven Pinker's ENLIGHTENMENT NOW at Brookline Booksmith! This event will take place downstairs in the Booksmith's Used Book Cellar and will consist of a reading, Q&A, and signing.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Is the world really falling 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 from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five 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 force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steven Pinker is Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard, where he conducts research on cognition, language, and social relations. His prizewinning books include The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, has won many prizes for his teaching and research, and is listed as one of the world’s most influential thinkers by Time, Foreign Policy, and other magazines. He also chairs the usage panel of The American Heritage Dictionary.