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Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? : Pinker And Ridley Vs. De Botton And Gladwell : The Munk Debates (2016, original release: 2016)
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Published: [Toronto] : House of Anansi Press Inc, 2016 ©2016
Series: Munk debates.
Description:  viii, 111 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781487001681, 1487001681, 9781487001681, 1487001681 :,
Language:  English


"Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality. In the seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates, which was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and best-selling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind's best days lie ahead,"--Amazon.com

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? -- Pre-Debate Interviews with Rudyard Griffiths -- Post-Debate Commentary Related Searches:
Progress.
Civilization.
Forecasting.
Social prediction.
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Additional Credits:
De Botton, Alain, panelist
Pinker, Steven, 1954- panelist
Ridley, Matt, panelist
Griffiths, Rudyard, editor
Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963- panelist

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