Harvard professor and experimental psychologist Steven Pinker has been a favorite author of mine ever since I read his wonderful book The Blank Slate, which looks at our views of human nature, and how misconceptions can distort our understanding of violence, politics and justice. His new book is wonderful: Enlightenment Now – The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress. Like The Blank Slate, this book shows how misconceptions about our world, in this case how we evaluate our current circumstances, shape ideas about human nature and the reality of our well bein
Adam Fitch of the Los Angeles Review of Books speaks with Pinker about the book and how Enlightenment thinkers can help us rediscover reason, objectivity, and truth. Read the interview and then rush out and buy the book.