It is one thing for an author to change my worldview entirely with one book, but Pinker somehow managed to do it again with Enlightenment Now.
If you remember (from the link above) Steven Pinker is the cognitive psychologist/ linguist/ popular science author who’s work I’ve been binge reading over the past couple months. His most recent work, Enlightenment Now, discusses the increased quality of life since the Enlightenment era and argues that this is a result of the Enlightenment movement.
This is, oddly, a bitter pill to swallow. My first reaction to these claims was “But what about all the elephants? What about the Pollution? What about the everything on the news? What about the Donald?”
Let me first tell you a thing or two about opinions. Every one of us has in some way a bias system we have developed through our experiences and educations as human beings. These biases can include topics like abortions, GMO’s, what makes a president good, what makes a government work, what is or is not racist.