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Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?

(2016)
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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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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates
Author(s): Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain de Botton, Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN: 1-4870-0168-1 / 978-1-4870-0168-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2016 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?
Author(s): Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain de Botton, Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN: 1-78607-076-6 / 978-1-78607-076-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead
Author(s): Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain de Botton, Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates
Author(s): Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain de Botton, Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Availability: Amazon CA