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Southminster United Church15 Aylmer Ave
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Enlightenment Now
with Steven Pinker

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood

Enlightenment Now
with Steven Pinker

Hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
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Mar
7:15pm
Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave
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Steven Pinker - Photo courtesy of Rebecca Goldstein
Join us for an in depth look at  Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress , the follow-up to Steven Pinker's groundbreaking book The Better Angels of Our Nature.  

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In his 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, he 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.

Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. 

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