Hate, populism and irrationality are ruling the world, anti-scientific world views are spreading, truth has ceased to exist: this is what a glance at today’s headlines might lead one to think. However, Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, shows that this is false.
Pinker talks to Elisabeth von Thadden (DIE ZEIT) about his book, in which he investigates developments over the last few centuries and proves that our lives have improved continually. Nowadays we live longer and are healthier, safer and wealthier than ever before, and this is not only the case in the Western world. The reason: enlightenment and its system of values. Without it, the world has no chance of becoming a better place for us all. Pinker’s book is an active rebuttal of the widespread sentiment that our modern society is doomed.
The event will be held in English and is being organised in cooperation with publishing company S. Fischer Verlag and DIE ZEIT.
Admission costs 5 Euro. Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 69 1525 1101