Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?

Pinker and Ridley Vs. De Botton and Gladwell

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Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality.

In the seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates, which was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and best-selling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind’s best days lie ahead.


Publisher: [Toronto] : House of Anansi Press Inc, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781487001681
1487001681
Branch Call Number: 303.44 D6496 2016
Characteristics: viii, 111 pages ; 21 cm

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thebritlass
Mar 08, 2017

Not much of a debate - Pinker and Ridley trounce their opponents (especially Malcolm - whose defense consists mostly of dissing the opposing team rather than relating convincing facts)

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mclarjh
Sep 24, 2016

Ho hum, nothing special here.

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