Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates by Steven PinkerDo Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates by Steven Pinker

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates

bySteven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain &#100&#101 Botton

Paperback | June 7, 2016

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Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality.

In the seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates, which was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and bestselling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind's best days lie ahead.

STEVEN PINKER is a pioneering cognitive scientist who has written a number of of bestselling books, including The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, as well as the landmark study on human progress The Better Angels of Our Nature, which won the New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year ...
Title:Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk DebatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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Date published: 2018-02-15