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Enlightenment Now

Hosted by the Consul of the Geneva Book Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Mon 12 Nov 18:30 - 20:00

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Dear book readers and followers of the group,

I invite you to read Enlightenment Now (by Steven Pinker) and challenge your own and others perception of the world. The book so far has received many positive comments and Bill Gates called this book his "favorite book of all time". What’s you take on the book written by a professor of psychology at Harvard and the author of countless popular science titles?

Below I included a book review from Protected content that should tease you. If you are interested in learning Pinker’s view on today’s realities, then let’s dig into this book together and discuss it in November.
In Enlightenment Now, Pinker proposes that human progress is the gift of a coherent value system that many of us embrace without even knowing it. The values of the Enlightenment underlie all our modern institutions and deserve credit for the stupendous progress we have made. The progress we have enjoyed is not, of course, an excuse for complacency: Some of the challenges we face today are unprecedented in their complexity and scope. The way to deal with these challenges, Pinker argues, is to treat them as problems to solve, as we have solved other problems in our past. Putting the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century, Pinker shows how, by using our faculties of reason and sympathy to understand the world and to enhance human flourishing, we can tackle problems that inevitably come with being products of evolution in an entropic universe.
Looking forward to hearing your opinion on Pinker’s intrinsically optimistic view on the world.