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CNY Humanists Book Club: Enlightenment Now
Our next selection is Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. Please join us for refreshments and friendly conversation - even if you haven't read the book! We'll meet in the Community Room at Cafe at 407 at 407 Tulip Street, Liverpool on Sunday, October 7th from 10:00 - 11:30 am. Hope to see you there! **Renting the Community Room at Cafe at 407 does cost us some money each book club. Donations are appreciated - thank you! About the Book: "My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.]

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    The Central New York Humanist Association works to build a supportive community that promotes the ideals of humanism and strives to improve our society through community service and education. The Central New York Humanist Association welcomes those with a wide range of nontheistic views - atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism - and those who just aren't "wired for religion" but want to connect with others and find a larger purpose in their life. We understand the importance of open and friendly discussions as each of our members learn about Humanism and what it means to each of them.

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