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Date: 24th September 2018

Time: 18.15

Speaker: Professor Steven Pinker

Place: The Drawing Room, NCH

 

Professor Stephen Pinker, Visiting Professor at NCH, spoke about his recent book: “Enlightenment Now: the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress”.

The follow-up to Pinker’s pathbreaking “The Better Angels of Our Nature” argues that despite the rampant pessimism about the state of the world today, the facts prove that we are on a significant path upward and can continue that way, but only if we understand the ideals (and embrace the tools) that have created that progress. A necessary counter to the current gospel of doom.

In this elegant and urgent assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Professor Pinker proves that, despite the robust market for prophecies of woe, we’re living longer, healthier, safer, richer, freer, happier, and more meaningful lives worldwide. The problems we face are formidable, but we have the tools to solve them. Our best days are, indeed, still ahead of us.

This talk was compulsory for those taking Science Literacy, but all students were welcome.