The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and ProgressBook - 2018
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Pinker presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worke... Read More »
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The vulnerability of any embodied agent to violence explains why the callous, egotistic, megalomaniacal sociopath cannot remain disengaged from the arena of moral discourse (and its demand for impartiality and nonviolence) forever. If he refuses to play the game of morality, then in the eyes of everyone else he has become a mindless menace, like a germ, a wildfire, or a rampaging wolverine -- something to be neutralized by brute force, no question asked. (As Hobbes put it, "No covenants with beasts.")
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