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In Enlightenment Now, a Harvard Professor Calls on Raw Data to Argue Positive Worldview

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Newspapers have never been go-to sources of comfort for Americans, especially while utilizing the mantra “if it bleeds, it leads.” But Harvard professor and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker has a counter-argument for those negative headlines—and any person who argues that society is headed toward a complete collapse. Pinker’s latest book—Enlightenment Now: The Case for Science, Humanism, and Progress—argues that we are in a golden age for happiness and prosperity, and that there’s data to prove it. The author calls on 75 graphs across a variety of subjects to show global progress, as well as its ties to concepts in Enlightenment thinking. What’s more, the book just received a glowing endorsement from Bill Gates, who called it his “new favorite book of all time.”

You can place a hold on Enlightenment Now, now.

Author: Tyler Kane

Tyler Kane works in acquisitions at JDL's Technical Services department. He's currently pursuing his MLIS degree at Wayne State University and has written for Paste Magazine, New York's Village Voice and Detroit's Metro Times.

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