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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 looked forward to his latest masterpiece, Sorry and Morticum, til dismay hit when i discovered this was a science fiction story. Science Fiction is way down at the bottom of my list for reading material. Almost didn't bother. Why I stuck with it under those circumstances is anybody's guess, but I did. And I'm really glad I did. This is a story about weird creatures who think and behave as many humans would nowdays. But it all takes place in the time frame of years 3000 +, and much of the population is 200 years old - or more.
Problems caused by those who lived during the 1900 - 2000 years in the world that currently exists have developed. We are brought face-to-face with a myriad of species who want to leave a better place for their progeny. Their desire to do that seems impossible since there is a measure of discord with arguments about what should be done or not done to accomplish a mutual goal. This story is filled with humor, psychology and doesn't stray far from reality.
If you're looking for a break from monotony of day-to-day get this one. You'll be glad you did. A lot of laughs, some common sense, some psychology. Delightful all the way through. Now I know why I got caught up in this book: Mr Stoll's writing. It'll catch you every time.
Stoll has a really wonderful writing style, it’s quite difficult to describe but it’s the driest kind of humour and manages to put a number of philosophical points in without making it dull.
His characters are bizarre, varied and magnificent. He spits on the naming conventions of our world and just names them whatever he hell he wants, which is how I came to find myself reading about Busy, the dexterous boob lady; Sorry, the cantankerous wizard who just needs to see the world differently and Seafog… the weather. It works wonderfully and I really enjoyed all of the characters and their different perspectives.
The story kind of does its own thing, Sorry has found a new lease on life and is now determined to do everything he can to make sure that the world learns from its past to ensure that his family has the best possible future. Of course, the one thing that becomes glaringly obvious is that ‘good’ is a very subjective concept so looking at the past doesn’t bring everyone to the same conclusion about which ‘good’ parts of the past they should look to. This book is an exploration of that.
Stoll has a lot of profound and philosophical messages he wants to impart through his work, ranging from climate change, religion and sexuality. For the most part, he weaves all of these seamlessly into his story but nearer the end you get the feeling that he had so much more to say but had realised he was running out of space to say it – I found this disappointing because I really enjoy the philosophical side of Stoll’s work, I think he either needs to give in and write longer books or economise his issues per book and just accept he needs to write more books for me to enjoy!
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He shared his imagination in a beautifully crafted story. Well done to the author