Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Experimental cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom and follow the data: health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. Join us in a lively discussion about how our own psychological biases may have misled us into seeing darkness where there is, in fact, the fruits of the Enlightenment.
Stephen Pinker’s newest book “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress” will be available for purchase at this event.