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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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I take a positive view on the book, though, and I chose to give it 4 stars, simply because the importance and scientific value of the research involved in the MISTRA were so great that they overshadowed the fact that the book was too technical, detailed, and tedious for most non-scientists.
I believe that the author was writing the book in large part for the scientific community, with much detailed discussion surrounding efforts to vindicate the validity and authenticity of the research and conclusions of the MISTRA. As for myself, being a reader with much interest in technical science, but also much appreciation for good literature, this book could not have been written so as to please both aspects of my tastes -- the aesthetic versus the technical. It was a good book, nevertheless, and it's quite enlightening to discover so much information about how our genes influence who and what we are -- albeit, leaving open the door for much personal development, responsibility for character, and freedom to make of our lives what we sincerely, and with dedication, choose by freedom of will to value and endorse. Given the information in this book, it would be an utterly unwarranted conclusion to presume that we human beings are strictly determined to be who and what we, in fact, become. There is a vast degree of leeway and freedom to make and remake ourselves. Thus, in spite of the constraints of genetics, we have cause for optimism toward the power of choice, personal development, and personal growth.
This book was a contribution to science and to human society -- worthy of some considerable meritorious acknowledgement.