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Enlightenment now

May
26
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

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If you follow the news, the world appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. Is the world really falling apart? According to Steven Pinker, the reality created by the media is an illusion: a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. Relying on empirical data, he shows that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, richer, happier, and more peaceful – not just in the West, but worldwide.

Pinker argues that this progress is the result of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing. This ideology and its values are threatened by the negative public discourse, which fuels fears and results in a corrosive fatalism. Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

In cooperation with Swiss Institute of International Studies (SIAF).

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If you follow the news, the world appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. Is the world really falling apart? According to Steven Pinker, the reality created by the media is an illusion: a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. Relying on empirical data, he shows that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, richer, happier, and more peaceful – not just in the West, but worldwide.

Pinker argues that this progress is the result of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing. This ideology and its values are threatened by the negative public discourse, which fuels fears and results in a corrosive fatalism. Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

Enlightenment now

Speaker

Johnstone Family Professor, Harvard University
Prof. Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor at the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition and writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and The Atlantic. He is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and most recently, Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today”.

Johnstone Family Professor, Harvard University
Prof. Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor at the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition and writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and The Atlantic. He is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and most recently, Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today”.