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Tag: Enlightenment

The ‘Long Peace’ Is Not Upon Us

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker’s 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” has convinced many people that humanity has steadily become less violent in the recent past. English philosopher John Gray argues that Pinker merely sees what he wants in trends and statistics.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE

East vs. West: ‘It’s Time for a New Enlightenment’

Pankaj Mishra, Indian author of “From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia,” manifests the direction of thought and feeling that seems most likely to save populations caught in the violence of increasingly opposed cultural traditions after Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Lapham's Quarterly

Will Wonders Never Cease?

What once was sorcery maybe now is science, but the wonders technological of which I find myself in full possession, among them indoor plumbing and electric light, I incline to regard as demonstrations magical.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY)

Why Independent Thinkers Are Repugnant to Religious Zealots and Rick Santorum

There is nothing more feared by right-wing fundamentalists than people who can think critically and reflectively and are willing to invest in reason and freedom.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE

An Agnostic for President — and a Woman at That

How refreshing that there is one democratic nation — Chile — where a leading candidate has the courage to suggest that the impact of the clergy has not always added to enlightenment, particularly as to the place of women in society. Jefferson lives.

Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE

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