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African Literature and African Historical Experiences dEr 26 He picks any person anecdote or fact out of context to mostlyemonstrate a pro capitalistic world view 27 He knows everything about the climate he is a weather God Nobody else thousands of scientists aren t sure what will happen with climate change global warming how earths systems and the sun really function and how bad it will become but Pinker knows that everything will be fine now in 100 years always and forever The sun always tells him how it will shine 28 Combat poverty instead of reducing ineuality Of course give a man a fish a ay instead of showing him how to angle or allowing him at least to fish but the lake and the sea are privatized sorry Give tiny parts of wealth to the poor instead of changing a ysfunctional system29 Overconsumption and consumerism are absolutely no problems we should just reduce the environmental The Essential Academic Dean: A Practical Guide to College Leadership (JB - Anker Series) damage itoes bymagic and positive thinking and not listening to the lies those pesky pessimists are telling30 In this so called age of new enlightenment anything progressive alternative or Taken by the Alien Savage (Warriors of the Oasis, different of theogmas is Maid For An Alien Prince deemed a conspiracy theory He got me I also never uote or show the hard facts links I am inventing any review because the secret reptilian overlords are telling me too it I am completely bonkers because I am a Reading Migration and Culture dirty leftist inventing conspiracy theories about military industrial complexes and postemocracy and you The Formula for Success don t want to know what else it s terrible for the kids31 The compulsion to have a positive mentality of being mindful calm meditating and not negative and pessimistic Forced happiness without reason and logic32 Much talk about the sock puppets of politics heoesn t like no meta analysis or mentioning of the puppetmasters or politicians he likes33 Extremism is caused by a power vacuum of African Literature and Social Change disinterest in politics and the ideals that madeemocracy so great and it s the peoples fault who are used to this and Hey Kidz Buy This Book don t appreciate it and has nothing too with the system34 He calls marxism a pseudo fringe science Oh wait and of course because of this socialism is pseudo too and capitalism is based on hard science or what 35 He Please Will Someone Help Me? doesn t understand that faith andictatorships that were criticized by the thinkers of the true enlightenment have been turned in our economic system that Seventh Street Alchemy A Selection of Writings from the Caine Prize for African Writing 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing series does exactly the same but perfidious and mendacious And that he s actively attacking andenying the thesis of the ones who work for a new enlightenment36 Truth can t be constructed Wait why Dripping Hot Action do youo it yourself Mr Pinker if it s impossible37 He uses No Place To Cry: The Hurt and Healing of Sexual Abuse data sources graphs statistics out of context or out of unscientific sources sometimes relating to just one article book study that is highly controversial38 He bashes anything left or progressive in science education and universities butoesn t mention the overwhelming right conservative majority in politics governments and economics with a single word39 Black people are not likely to be shot by police than white people in the US40 He is great at The evil news media are always hyping about crises and problems that All That Glitters (Alchemys Heirs don t really exist42 He says that there is far less violence for privileged people in rich states and rich people in poor countries but he should ask a prison inmate the impoverished population of Western countries or the poor majority of the worlds population in Afrika Asia and Latin Amerika I am sure that they are enthusiastic about the fact that there are fewer warsriven by political and economic interests of wealthy nations and they now just have to African American English: A Linguistic Introduction deal with crime starvation illness extreme poverty and violence and very low life expectancy Oh and of course with the regular financial crisis land grabbing and trade wars fought on and for their territory43 The rate of extinctions has been reduced by 75 % What I thought the contrary was the case and that weon t even know how many species we exterminate on a Great Short Stories by African-American Writers daily basis because weon t know how many exist44 Osama bin Laden owned a copy of a Chomsky book So left socialist ecosocial is the Drunk On Chocolate devilon t you understand45 Progressivism activism scientific results he Major Problems in African-American History: From Freedom to Freedom Now, 1865-1990s (Major Problems in American History Series) doesn t like areescribed as useless 46 He is switching his opinions saying that something is bad if it s a point he oesn t like changing to great about the same thing institution philosophical concept science if it s something he likes mixing it with psychobabble and worst bad pseudo fringe science lying with statistics stuff And he
Doesn T Even Seem To Recognize That t even seem to recognize that is contradicting himself because the book is a collection of such inconsistencies it s not even logical rivel47 He is not even mentioning that some of his crude theories could be wrong as any good scientist I ve read A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars does in humility and self criticism instead heeems himself all knowing and is vilifying any opposition using subtle hate speechIt s so bizarre because of the combination of points I ve already mentioned He is no specialist in any of the fields the talks about and it would need a few of them to Love on the Rocks Men Women and Alcohol in Post World War II America draw a realistic and objective picture Or at least an author whooes his research and combines all points to an objective overview Instead he believes to reach god mo A few months ago I heard Steven Pinker give a talk about this book I must say that his speaking skill id not impress me However his writing skill is brilliant This is a very important book epic in scope comprehensive well thought out and structured incredibly well researched and full of some very important messagesThe book begins with a student s
uest In his newest book Neoliberalism Now The Case for Positivism Scientism Atheism and Globalization Steven Pinker seeks to cash in In his newest book Neoliberalism Now The Case for Positivism Scientism Atheism and Globalization Steven Pinker seeks to cash in the Trump election by rushing out what is mostly a rehash of material from his previous book The Better Angels of Our Nature His method of reasoning and tone of argument seeks to preach to the choir rather than persuade the unaffiliated Unlike his classic works The Blank Slate "And The Sense Of Style "The Sense of Style book will not be something we return to ecades from now except as a time capsule into the conventional wisdom of Economist reading Davos attendees Aliens Vs Predator during the early 21st century The book isivided into three parts Part I This would make a great TedTalk Part II Where it For Discrimination doesn t lift entire sections from Better Angels this is Pinker s longwinded literature review of the work of economic historians If you are interested in learning about humanity s recent exponential growth in material wellbeing there are much better books on the subject that I highly recommend to you instead such as Bourgeois Dignity The Rational Optimist The Ultimate Resource or The Skeptical EnvironmentalistPart III Pinker uses pop psychology to pathologize anyone whoisagrees with him politically He strangely criticizes social science Academic Writing, Real World Topics departments for lacking ideologicaliversity only a few pages after having relied on the studies produced by these same Repressed Memories A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse FiresideParkside Recovery Book departments to smuglyismiss opposing viewpoints Pinker s key syllogism appears to be that If you re not a global citizen who completely prioritizes humanity s material wellbeing over the interests of your community or country then you re a benighted bigot as whatever maximizes global utility is progressPinker s strawman of what constitutes progress who isn t in favor of progress allows him to avoid having to seriously contend with the core anxieties about the pace of globalization that underlie populist movements on the left and right For example his chapter about rising economic ineuality has an elephant shaped graph showing how globalization has occurred at the expense of people in Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic developed nations who lack collegeegrees This fact suggests a rational basis for Sanders and Trump supporters to intuit that the idea of a common market with open markets and open borders may have reached the point of African Literature 9 diminishing returns Pinkeroes not have a rejoinder to the arguments of cultural pessimists like Charles Murray other than that governments should further expand the welfare state to compensate the losers from free trade Pinker s hoped for future where the majority of Americans are living on the Alien Conquest dole mollified by painkillers and online entertainment is not progress no matter what Pinker and other technophiles may think. –tribalism authoritarianismemonization magical thinking–which Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide demagogues are all too willing to exploit Many commentators committed to political religious or romantic ideologies fight a rearguard action against it The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberalemocracy and global cooperationWith intellectual epth and literary flair Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason science and humanism the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progre. .
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When this book was not boring me it was irritating me All of the author s anecdotes I had read elsewhere Science is good I on t need convincing Vaccines work Poverty is bad and is getting better throughout the world Everyone who wants to know this stuff already knows itWhy euate Al Gore with Theodore Kaczynski The Unabomber as the author seems to Conjure In African American Society do regarding the environment Is Fox News really right when they said the poor can t be poor because they have cell phones and air conditioning today The authorefended that absurdity though he Womens Political Activism in Palestine doesn t mention that Fox used to argue that when Obama was president And whyid the author make a false euivalence between Bernie Sanders and Trump Sanders Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, didn t believe climate change is a Chinese Hoax or pick someone in his cabinet who thinks vaccines cause autism or wanted to build a wall and claim Mexico will pay for it or feed our hate against Muslims Browns Asians or anyone who strikes his fancy for theay even kneeling football players This author always seemed to have some pie in the sky anti humanist post modernist Strawman he was easily The alphas abused mate demolishing for some reason I couldn t figure out He mentioned the in gratitude were in the 9th circle of hell and implied Dante had a point and people most of us have never heard of such as Heidegger Adorno and Neitzsche and I think he also mentioned Marcuse belonged there for their in gratitude I m going to venture a guess since Iidn t read all of the book the author Word Alchemy doesn t like identity politics and gets bothered by political correctness and thinks both sides are to blame Ion t know if that s where he was going but I wasn t going to find out by wading thru a familiar story I ve read better told in other booksThe author is completely out of his The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures depth on economics and ineuality I suggest you read Piketty s book instead of this author s poorly constructedeconstruction of Piketty s wonderful book and then tell me again why ineuality is not real or not a big An Endless Lie deal His Enlightenment and Romanticism knowledge seemed superficial Of the 8 or so Voltaire uips he provided I had heard them all elsewhere I stopped this book after 5 hours I got my credit back from Audible I seldomo that This author was teaching me nothing I ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) didn t already know and worse than that seemed to have aisregard for the truth by trying to efend his own thesis beyond what the facts would take a reasonable person Steven Pinker makes a strong argument for enlightenment principles and essentially not giving up on the world because Donald Trump is president We are not contrary to popular belief going backwards and have in fact made astounding progress in all measurable areas such as wealth health safety education and eualityFaced with the numbers it s hard to isagree though I went into this fairly convinced already We After the Tears do not by any measure live in a great world but weo live in a better world than we Daddy Blames Me did fifty one hundred one thousand years ago Pinker presents this information using charts and tables in this extensively researched bookHowever some of his claims are not really backed up by the evidence either because he uses limited sources or engages in some avoiding the issue fallacies The lengthy breakdown of how much things cost compared to how much they cost in say the Middle Ages is irrelevant to theiscussion of wealth because Pinker Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) doesn t consider new kinds of expenses mortgages insurance electric gas and phone bills etc I also looked up a couple of the references he uses and now I m skeptical about the others One example I checked on was his source for the claim that black people are no likely to be shot by police than white people in America Obviously this is a hot topic and a controversial claim to make His single source for such a bold claim here actually found that black people were likely to be shot by police than white people but offered an opinion as to why this might be Other piecesisagreeHe arrives at a number of these grand conclusions based on a single article which is often an opinion piece He cherry picks information to suit his argument and relies on the unlikelihood that anyone will go check his sources It s a shame to be honest because I think the central argument is a strong one that we are indeed making progress There s a whole lot to suggest that the world isn t going to hell in a handbasket But Pinker actually risks fuelling a bleak opposite of societal pessimism While I Facing the Rising Sun don tisagree *that we are faced with a lot of oom foreshadowing news stories there is also an ever * we are faced with a lot of oom foreshadowing news stories there is also an ever misconception that ineuality is over That our society is colourblind and that women are now treated no Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, different to men Pinker sistortion of facts often supports this theory and it is incorrectThings are overall getting better but over exaggerating the extent to which improvements have been made oes not help anyone Well other than making rich white men feel better about the state of the world they rule overBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube A paean to the status uo that can be summarized "in four words on t worry be happy "four words New Trends Generations in African Literature Today, Alt 20 don t worry be happy five words as one is contracted This book will nooubt earn the author a lanyard to every corporate boardroom and conservative think tank in the countryHis thesis is that Enlightenment principles must be The Battle over Marriage defended but not against mindless consumerism not against the growingisparities of wealth not against the Teaching History for Justice disruption of earth systems No the Enlightenment must beefended against The Strawman The author lets the cat out early in the book Intellectuals hate progress p39 Later You ve never had it so good and Steven Pinker has the stats and charts over 70 to prove it Wars are fewer and less severe homicides are Laughing to Keep from Dying down racism is inecline terrorism is a fading fad INTERRACIAL ROMANCE democracy rules communicableiseases and poverty are on their way out Life expectancy is up and police are killing fewer people both bla Why I won t be reading this Everyone should read Enlightenment Now It seems odd to reuire a Stolen Years defense of reason science humanism and progress but we suffer if weo not understand how far humanity has come by application of these principles Steven Pinker has Sarah T - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic done us the favor of chronicling that progress withata in a compellingly written volume that challenges common assumptions The news cycle and many prominent intellectuals would have us think that the world is becoming a LA Mujer En Puerto Rico darker scarier place yet the opposite is true While pessimism makes for good news coverage and stokes political firesenying progress causes us to mistrust the systems we ve put in place Combine that mistrust with a lack of understanding of WHY we put those systems in place and you get setbacks like a Trump presidency a burgeoning flat earther movement and anti vaccine advocacy Acknowledging For years I ve been saying Steven Pinker s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies d read in aecade If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up that was it Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in human history I Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree d never seen such a clear explanation of progressI m going to stop talking up Better Angels so much because Pinker has managed to top himself His new book Enlightenment Now is even better Enlightenment Now takes the approach he uses in Better Angels to track violence throughout history and applies it to 15ifferent measures of progress like uality of life knowledge and safety The result is a holistic picture of how and why the world is getting better It s like Better Angels on steroidsI read the book slowly since I loved it so much but I think most people will find it a uick and accessible read He manages to share a ton of information in a way that s compelling memorable and easy to My Hero Academia memes jokes - Funny and Jokes memes book digestIt opens with an argument in favor of returning to the ideals of the Enlightenment an era when reason science and humanism were touted as the highest virtuesI m all for reason science and humanism but what I found most interesting were the 15 chapters exploring each measure of progress Pinker is at his best when he analyzes historic trends and usesata to put the past into context I was already familiar with a lot of the informatio. If you think the world is coming to an end think again people are living longer healthier freer and happier lives and while our problems are formidable the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and scienceIs the world really falling apart Is the ideal of progress obsolete In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of oom which play to our psychological N he shares especially about health and energy but he understands each subject so eeply that he s able to articulate his case in a way that feels fresh and newI love how he s willing to Secret Origins Action Figures diveeep into primary Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources, 1957-1987 (Bibliographical Research in African Written Literatures, No 1) data sources and pull out unexpected signs of progress I tend to point to things likeramatic reductions in poverty and childhood Active Noise Control Systems: Algorithms and DSP Implementations (Wiley Series in Telecommunications and Signal Processing) deaths because I think they re such a good measure of how we reoing as a society Pinker covers those areas but he also looks at obscure topicsHere are five of my favorite facts from the book that show how the world is improving1 You re 37 times less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning than you were at the turn of the century and that s not because there are fewer thunderstorms today It s because we have better weather prediction capabilities improved safety education and people living in cities2 Time spent Effective executive in action doing laundry fell from 115 hours a week in 1920 to an hour and a half in 2014 This might sound trivial in the grand scheme of progress But the rise of the washing machine has improved uality of life by freeing up time for people mostly women to enjoy other pursuits That time represents nearly half aay every week that could be used for everything from binge watching Ozark or reading a book to starting a new business3 You re way less likely to ie on the job Every year 5000 people ie from occupational accidents in the US But in 1929 when our population was less than two fifths the size it is today 20000 people Fundamentals Of Agriculture Vol -2 died on the job People back then viewedeadly workplace accidents as part of the cost of To Heal a Wounded Heart doing business Today we know better and we ve engineered ways to build things without putting nearly as many lives at risk4 The global average I score is rising by about 3 I points everyecade Kids brains are eveloping fully thanks to improved nutrition and a cleaner environment Pinker also credits analytical thinking in and out of the classroom Think about how many symbols you interpret every time you check your phone s home screen or look at a subway map Our world today encourages abstract thought from a young age and it s making us smarter5 War is illegal This idea seems obvious But before the creation of the United Nations in 1945 no institution had the power to stop countries from going to war with each other Although there have been some exceptions the threat of international sanctions and intervention has proven to be an effective eterrent to wars between nationsPinker also tackles the isconnect between actual progress and the perception of progress something I ve spent a lot of time thinking about People all over the world are living longer healthier and happier lives so why o so many think things are getting worse Why A Memory of Mankind do we gloss over positive news stories and fixate on the negative ones Heoes a good job explaining why we re rawn to pessimism and how that instinct influences our approach to the world although I wish he went in epth about the psychology especially since he s a psychologist by training The late Hans Rosling explains this fully in his excellent new book Factfulness I agree with Pinker on most areas but I think he s a bit too optimistic about artificial intelligence He s uick to Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee dismiss the idea of robots overthrowing their human creators While Ion t think we re in Counter Discourse in African Literature danger of a Terminator style scenario the uestion underlying that fear who exactly controls the robots is a valid one We re not there yet but at some point who has AI and who controls it will be an important issue for global institutions to addressThe big uestions surrounding automation are proof that progress can be a messy sticky thing but thatoesn t mean we re headed in the wrong Academic Capitalism and the New Economy Markets State and Higher Education direction At the end of Enlightenment Now Pinker argues that we will never have a perfect world and it would beangerous to seek one But there is no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishingThe world is getting better even if it oesn t always feel that way I m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker s ever written It s my new favorite book of all time This concoction and Roslings similar Go on everything is super Factfulness were the reasons for me to leave all time This concoction and Roslings similar Go on everything is super Factfulness were the reasons for me to leave soft space of some humanities that are nothing than appeasement belittlement and eception A mix of Material Alchemy different uotes from the book and thoughts and impressions I had while consuming this fairytale Some points might be redundant sorry for that but this is what happens when taking notes about a book that is nonsense 1 He s attacking the ones who aren t grateful says everything is fine takes the premise that because some things became better everything is great based on unbearable pseudoscience 2 Hey what about talking just about the positive things and avoiding anything negative or controversial3 Of course there is only the great Western way of living capitalism ineluctably always leads to the best society in the world4 If some things have become better thanks to technology in the last hundred years there is of course everything great and no problems with anything 5 Wait a moment what exactly is Pinkers legitimation to talk about those topics he must be an expert maybe a uniue ingenious polymath in manyifferent fields to make serious prognosis not just assumptions no even certainties about the whole society and the future Oh yes he is a linguist and cognitive psychologist that wrote some good works in his field and thought after that Hm why not write some happy go lucky books based on nothing except what media government and the economy want me to highlight to boost my sales 6 One of the funniest things about such books is that they are close to impossible to suss if one has not read some progressive alternative literature in contrast to what is permanently repeated in mainstream media and science7 Sweatshops aren t that bad8 Capitalism already solved and will solve the few little problems it created Sure a problem repairs the problems it creates instead of creating greater problems9 He finds the fact that people call humans under the current economic system a malady to the planet evil iscriminating hateful and wrong although it s the truth10 He is biased oes the ultimate replication crisis Basics of successful agriculture in the tropics demonstration11 Philosophical out of context bla yadarivel that isn t even close to the real philosophers but fine tuned and modified to fit to the agenda and Regenerating Agriculture: Policies and Practice for Sustainability and Self Reliance dogma of this book12 Peak car Why show me the extrapolations13 He ignores so much hard based science thatoesn
T FIT TO THE CONCLUSIONS HEfit to the conclusions he that it s hard to endure14 He states that richer states have less environmental pollutions and get cleaner So let s go jogging in an industrial center and go swimming in the local lake afterward Who survives can pick some berries and vegetables grown outdoors and will be gone soon too 15 He compares the environmental protection movement with extremists calling it misanthropic environmentalism He They Hear Me Crying Now! (The True Story of Child Abuse Continued) - Child Abuse True Stories does as if the wide consense about habitatestruction and the sixth extinction Mobilizing Islam doesn t exist and compares it to pessimistic people who spread viral fake news ideas16 He loves to use those techniues17 He praises science knowledge wisdom creativity intelligence as wordy as possible while being an ignorant apologist for the perfect current system ignoring and attacking any other opinion than his own21 His arrogance joviality condescension and belittlement in his writing and in interviews areisgusting22 There is no problem with BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1 (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Secret Baby Romance Contemporary Romance) distributive justice everything is fine because so many people aren t extremely poor any but now just poor or close to poverty23 He talks about ideas concepts humanities avoiding anything substantial profound and hard science based24 He and Rosling have the same concept Look stupid people of the world here is the manipulatedata you are too umb to understand in the way I want you to understand it so let me explain it you while warmongering and hate trolling against anything that oesn "t confirm my opinion 25 He keeps repeating general knowledge about "confirm my opinion 25 He keeps repeating general knowledge about things that have improved stating that it will continue to get bett. Iases Instead follow the Alien Zookeeper's Abduction data In seventy five jawropping graphs Pinker shows that life health prosperity safety peace knowledge and happiness are on the rise not just in the West but worldwide This progress is not the result of some cosmic force It is a gift of the Enlightenment the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishingFar from being a naïve hope the Enlightenment we now know has worked But than ever it needs a vigorous Tyral (Mated to the Alien, defense The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature.