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Philosophy Talk: Can Reason Save Us?

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Are we really living in an age of progress?

To an optimist, things are constantly getting better: disease and extreme poverty are down; life expectancy, literacy, and equality are up; and it’s all thanks to the glory of human reason. But a pessimist would point to the continuing presence of injustice, oppression, and war, and the dangers of global warming and nuclear annihilation. So who's right? Are we really living in an age of progress? And can reason really save us? Josh and Ken try to reason with renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Sunday 10/21 at 11 am and Tuesday 10/23 at 12 noon.

This program was recorded live at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA.