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What are the flaws in Steven Pinker's thinking in Enlightenment Now?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 30 October 2019



What are the flaws in Steven Pinker's thinking in Enlightenment Now?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 232
Posted DateWednesday 30 October 2019 09:36 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I am currently reading Steven Pinkers latest book Enlightenment Now about the many ways in which the world is improving and why we don't believe it.

It is an impressive work, full of statistics. The one that jumps out for me is that before about 1870, the average world life expectancy was about 30 years of age. Today it stands closer to 70. That is quite an achievement.

I have not finished the book, and although his statistics and arguments are persuasive, I feel the gains have been at too high a cost e.g. global warming, plastification of the oceans, species extinction, and more.

What I need to do next is to read a few articles such as these and see what I make of things on balance.

Regardless of how right or wrong Steven is, there is still vast potential for improvement in the human condition but not at the cost of destroying the planet.

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