Book Review: Enlightenment Now

Bill Gates named this as his favorite book of all time.

This book makes the case that the world of today is better than the world at any time in the past — in almost every respect. He does this with facts, numbers and evidence — lots of evidence. In response to those that tell us the world is going to hell in a handbasket, he begins: “In the pages that follow, I will show that this bleak assessment of the state of the world is wrong. And not just a little wrong — wrong wrong, flat-earth wrong, couldn’t-be-more-wrong.”.

He then goes on to make the case that the cause of all this progress is Reason, Science and Humanistic values.

But Pinker is a super smart dude (Harvard brain scientist) and this book touches on a whole range of interrelated topics: brain science, AI, entropy, evolution, history, sociology, religion and philosophy. For those with a bit of curiosity, this book is both educational and entertaining.