Within the controversial but bestselling books The Higher Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now, Harvard linguist Steven Pinker made the case that humanity has been getting richer and fewer violent over the previous two centuries.
In his new ebook, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Appears Scarce, Why It Issues, he argues that our skill to purpose and assume critically is central to human flourishing and undergirds our phenomenal materials and ethical progress because the Enlightenment. Pinker lays out the fundamental cognitive biases that cloud our considering and provides rise to intensely polarized and tribalistic worldviews that threaten continued advances. And he tells Purpose‘s Nick Gillespie how all of us can grow to be higher, sharper thinkers in all facets of our lives.
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