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Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

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05 Wed Sep 2018

Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Marines' Memorial Theatre, Second Floor
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Today’s world is characterized by people clinging to beliefs, hyperpolarization and the degradation of discourse. However, acclaimed author and psychologist Steven Pinker argues the very opposite: The world is actually improving, and there’s never been a safer and better time to be alive.

In his book Enlightenment Now, Pinker makes the case that Enlightenment principles of reason, science and humanism are directly enhancing the quality of life for everyone—not just the West. However, a number of Anti-Enlightenment practices threaten the progress of human development. According to Pinker, dedication to romantic ideologies, political affiliations and religions have protected unscientific arguments, preventing resolutions on issues ranging from gun violence to climate change. 

Join one of the world’s leading thinkers for a powerful conversation about human nature, a defense of knowledge and the case for science, reason, humanism and progress.

Pinker photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard University

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