Read Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates Online Free - 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.
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November 08, 2016
This book was underwhelming in a major way. First, I don't think the question "Do humankind's best days lie ahead?" was a fair way to parse the question at hand. Since there are so many measurable variables that suggest that human life is improving, it's hard to argue against this proposition. I...
February 07, 2017
The book transcribes a debate between two teams of two men each, on the proposition: "Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?". The question is not well-posed - the answer could literally be "Yes" despite an apocalyptic scenario. Suppose the coming year is the best in humankind's history, and then, s...
July 29, 2017
Malcolm ve alain de botton sevdiğim yazarlar mı haklı yoksa karşı cephe mi ? Tartışma öncesinin kitap sonuna konulmasına anlam veremedim...
February 07, 2017
Matt Ridley and Steven Pinker versus Alain de Botton and Malcolm Gladwell on the subject of human progress. I liked this book; it was short & sweet, entertaining, and raised a few good points. I would recommend it, without stating with any confidence that the reader will find him/herself sway...
March 22, 2017
This short book transcribes a debate on the question 'Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?' Arguing for the proposition are Steven Pinker and Matt Ridley, against are Alain de Botton and Malcolm Gladwell.
Pinker and Ridley have much the better of the debate. They avoid Whiggish determinism for the...
December 25, 2016
This is a transcript of a debate between 4 important thinkers and scientists of our day. The debate itself is only half the book and then there are individual interviews with each of the speakers about their stance more specifically.
The book itself is a quick read and very enjoyable. I was famil...
December 06, 2016
It's one thing to read works by these brilliant men , but really a treat to see how they interact when such great minds go head to head. Loved the spicy tension between Pinker and Gladwell. Informative and entertaining.
January 03, 2017
It's surprising how intellectuals at the level of these 4 gentlemen debate so childlike when it comes to this issue of human progress.
August 11, 2017
Alain de bottom ruined this. He forced the debate to revolve around his irrelevant ideas about first world problems.
Steven pinker completely wrecked him with this: "are you serious? are you willing to approach a peasant in cambodia, sudan or bangladesh and say: listen, ive been there. you worry...
August 13, 2017
It's a transcript of a debate with interviews and post-debate commentary which are all available on their website. Great to have chanced upon this as it has introduced me to Munk Debates and I look forward to listening/reading the rest of what they have.
If you are familiar with Yuval Harari and...