In the April 2018 issue of Atlantic magazine, Berkeley professor Alison Gopnik reviewed Steven Pinker’s latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. As Gopnik notes, Pinker provides reams of data showing that for all sorts of measures of human progress, including “more education, peace, and prosperity, or fewer infectious diseases, murders, and even deaths by lightning,” the results suggest remarkable progress. Around the world, and over the course of human history, “on almost every measure, things have...
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