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text 2018-05-01 09:22
Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 576 pages.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker

Chapter 5 Life. 

 

"How long do you think an average person on the world can be expected to live today?" The Ignorant Project asked this question found less than one infour Swedes guessed it right.

 

Rosling explained, "if for each question I wrote the alternatives on bananas, and asked chimpanzees in the zoo to pick the right answers, they'd have done better than the respondents."

 

 

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text 2018-04-25 04:56
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 576 pages.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker's book is so quotable. 

 

He is making an argument that instead of supporting enlightenment movement, as stated by C P Snow Second Culture. The so-called intellectuals romaticistize suffering, and put arts before food, and even put forth an anti-science front. Failing to see that science is the very solution in reduce poverty and starvation, lessen the situation that caused suffering. 

 

The more I see older humans who imagination failed to capture anyone who could have been lacking in basic needs like food and shelter with no fault on their own. The old culture of karma or causality of event misinformed these individuals and make them socially blinded to the suffering of many. 

 

And I am only into chapter 3. So good. Highly recommended it. 

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text 2018-04-19 10:13
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 576 pages.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress - Steven Pinker

What is really the Enlightenment? It is a humanist movement when  reasonable persons get rid of religious dogma and choose instead. 

 

Still, because the science discovery and knowledge has no match for the present time, the enlightened thinkers still believe a whole lot of bullshit. 

 

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review 2016-09-24 13:01
One of the most important books you'll ever read
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker
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url 2015-11-08 11:45
Humankind’s best days lie ahead debate with Steve Pinker and Alain De Botton
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature - Steven Pinker
The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation - Matt Ridley
On Love - Alain de Botton
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell

Great debate.

 

Steven Pinker is brilliant. 


Matt Ridley is witty.

 

Alain de Botton and Malcolm Gladwell are both lack of substance when deal with fact, data and science. 

 

So glad I didn't waste any time reading books from Alain De Botton and Malcolm Gladwell.

 

The debate is highly entertaining. So, search for it in the link. If it is not link to the right one, search for it. It is worth the time. 

 

Of course, Steven Pinker side won. 

 

DEBATE RESULTS

PRE-DEBATE RESULTS

71% PRO      29% CON
 

POST-DEBATE RESULTS

73%PRO       27%CON
 

Pro wins with 2% vote gain.

 

 

 

 

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