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Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now, A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism...

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**Five euro of your ticket price is redeemable against Steven Pinker's new book "Enlightenment Now" at the event from Hodges Figgis.**

If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking
into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow
the trend lines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier,
safer and more prosperous – not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress
is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent value system that many of us
embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of
reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are
formidable. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to
lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can
solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. This is the case for an
Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st Century.

Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, the Guardian and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect Magazine's 'The World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals', Foreign Policy's '100 Global Thinkers' and Time Magazine's 'The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.'

This public lecture is part of the Neurohumanties
Seminar Series (supported by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support
Fund) at Trinity College Dublin in association with the Dublin Festival of
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