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AND IN HIS NEW BOOK, PRO­FES­SOR STEVEN PINKER WILL TELL YOU WHY

We don’t know about you, but the threats that may bring about the end of civil­i­sa­tion — nu­clear war, cli­mate change, ro­bots who are re­ally good at typ­ing — are never far from our thoughts. But hold it right there, cat­a­clysmic horse­men: in his new book,

En­light­en­ment Now, pro­fes­sor of cog­ni­tive sci­ence and best-sell­ing au­thor Steven Pinker tells us all why things are re­ally not so bad. In fact, says Pinker, via per­sua­sive ar­gu­ments and plenty of data (and graphs! He loves a graph), if you take the longer view, we’ve never had it so good, be it with re­gard to wealth dis­tri­bu­tion, dis­ease pre­ven­tion, equal­ity and even, if you can be­lieve it, the abil­ity to save our planet. Of course, he doesn’t ad­vo­cate any lau­rel-rest­ing, but sug­gests that our fu­ture out­look should come by ex­am­in­ing and em­brac­ing the found­ing prin­ci­ples of the En­light­en­ment in the 18th cen­tury. Oh yes we Kant. —

En­light­en­ment Now (Allen Lane) is pub­lished on 27 Fe­bru­ary

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