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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
I really enjoyed this collection of 16 short stories. There is a wide range of story topics, from the stories based in reality to the supernatural to science fiction. The writing is so energetic and the wordplay so interesting that I had no problem jumping from one story type to another. It's hard to choose a favorite among the bunch. The story "Death and a Bad Headache" was a noir detective story mashed with science fiction. Two of the stories were characters discussing books ("De-Conking Some Sense from The Colour Purple" and "Naturalism in Native Son"), which I enjoyed. "Homing Pigeon Floating Through the Ghettoes" was very powerful.
Jali Tales The Worth of a Nation The Devil's Advocate The Belly of the Crocodile Quod Erat Demonstrandum Droplets of Thought De-Conking Some Sense from The Colour Purple The Ghosts of Carnivores The Sun Dogs The Brown Moth Ciphering Naturalism in Native Son In the Parliament of Stone with the Man of Metal Homing Pigeon Floating Through the Ghettoes Death and a Bad Headache In the White Room with No Corners Shecky the Green Pig