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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 would like to address some of the more negative reviews.
Some seem upset that it's a basic beginner's book. This is stated clearly on
this very page. Being upset that a beginner's book actually is a beginner's book
doesn't make any sense.
Some are upset that code must be entered exactly as specified. In this book,
if he asks for (2 + 2) , then (2 +2) isn't going to fly (yes, that missing
space will make your answer "wrong"). Following directions and
attention to detail are mandatory.
This can be very frustrating in the beginning, but you'll get the hang of it.
If you can't learn this way, then don't bother with this book and most certainly
don't ever join the Military or try to "master" anything. You will fail.
This book clearly states that you will "Learn by doing". Yet, some reviewers
admitted that they didn't do any of the exercises and then faulted the book
for their lack of learning.
That would be the same as buying a book on strength training, then not
doing any of the exercises and blaming the book for you lack of strength
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