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This Sunday's Freethinker Forum: Steven Pinker says the world really is getting better

James W
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Despite what we may often see and read about the many problems facing human civilization and our attempts to improve it, Dr. Steven Pinker argues that the world is a better place for human beings than it has ever been. Really? Yes -- violence, war, disease and poverty have all declined dramatically in modern times, and he offers the evidence to prove it. The credit for this improvement, according to the bestselling author and distinguished Harvard psychologist, goes to reason, science, and Humanist values. But the fact things have gotten better doesn't mean that progress is inevitable, or that dire challenges such as Climate Change are not major threats. Pinker's new book is "Enlightenment Now."

We will stream (on the big screen in HD) a 30-minute multimedia presentation that Dr. Pinker recently gave to the World Economic Forum in Davos and consider the arguments and evidence. Do you accept this view of human progress? Should we feel encouraged? Or does it obscure all of the problems we're dealing with on an overheating planet that is still at war with itself? How does the big picture of global progress inform our own work for social justice in our community and beyond?

Join us for a lively discussion as always! A diversity of viewpoints are welcome and respected.

*Please note the later start time this Sunday due to the "Dining for Dollars" auction and other afternoon events.­
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