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Step forward, yes, but progress?

Enlightenment Now. The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress
Forfatter: Steven Pinker
Forlag: Viking/Penguin (UK)
In his eagerness to defend reason and enlightenment, Steven Pinker forgets that this may include more than what he himself puts into the concepts.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

Friday 27. July 2018 Kristian Beneke has an interesting article in the Class Fight, about eight different types of people. Homo humanitatis is described as "the sensible and free man, whom one especially associates with the thinkers of the Enlightenment. Homo humanitatis is an individual in his own right and sensible enough to manage his own life ”.

Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard and author of bestsellers as The Better Angels of Our Nature og How the Mind Works – and now out with a new book by the name Enlightenment Now. The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress – is a typical example of humanitatis: He is convinced that the Enlightenment project and the belief in reason and rationality need a defense. 

Enlightened, but cramped

The mistakes made in the world always lie in the lack of insight, proclaim Pinker, and build among other things on the book The Beginning Infinity by the extraordinarily optimistic quantum physicist and author David Deutsch – who believes all war will end, that the climate problem will be solved and that we have soon solved the riddle of consciousness – and this is just the beginning of all the wonderful things that will benefit humanity.

The pessimism that is spreading is in sharp contrast to the truly amazing times we live in.

"People may be likelier to acknowledge a problem when they have a reason to think it is solvable, than when they are terrified into numbness and helplessness," Pinker writes, and it is difficult. . .

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