Steven Pinker – Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

 

General Admission

When you read the news today, it can look like the world is falling apart. Civil unrest. Terrorism. Inequality. Environmental degradation. Poverty. But is that truly the case? Absolutely not, says two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists. The author of award-winning books including The Language InstinctHow the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature, Pinker will present the big picture of human progress: People are living longer, healthier, freer and happier lives, “a powerful case that the main line of history has been, since the Enlightenment, one of improvement” (Scientific American).

“The world is getting better, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. I’m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture. Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker’s ever written, it’s my new favorite book of all time.” – Bill Gates