University Temple United Methodist Church University District
Fri March 16, 7 pm
Recommended by Katie Herzog
If you ask Steven Pinker, the state of the world is fine. Pinker, a famed evolutionary psychologist, argues in his new book Enlightenment Now that even though it might seem like the world is a toxic pile of sewage and waste (just turn on the news), we’re actually doing better than any other time in human history. And he has the data to back it up: Life expectancy is up across most of the world, as are literacy rates, access to food, clean drinking water, information, and work. Critics say Pinker is naive, arguing that he’s blinded by his experience living in the West, but Pinker has a way of batting down both his critics and their arguments, and you can see him do it person—and get a copy of his book—when he comes to Seattle this month.