Reason, science promote progress, says Harvard professor in new book

Feb. 28, 2018

by Rick Nelson

Despite the gloomy headlines, humanity is flourishing, according to Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard. In a Wall Street Journal column adapted from his new book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, he writes that in 1800 the world literacy rate was well under 20%. Today, that figure is over 80%.

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