TED Video and Discussion Series

Date: August 11, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

SATURDAY

August 11th

11:00am

 

Room N116

 

Free Admission

 

Steven Pinker

“Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers”

 

Our TED talk this Saturday, 8/11, is by psychologist and author Steven Pinker, entitled “Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers.” Was 2017 really the "worst year ever," as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, Steven finds that we're doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago. And the difference in the past 200 years is mind boggling.  But progress isn't inevitable, and it doesn't mean everything gets better for everyone all the time, Steven notes. Instead, progress is problem-solving, and we should look at things like climate change and nuclear war as problems to be solved, not apocalypses in waiting. "We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one," he says. "But there's no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishing."  At one of our previous TED talks, someone commented that never has the world had so many problems.  Please join us to see the real answers to that.

Steven’s latest book is “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress”, a New York Times best seller.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the TED talks feature experts in a variety of fields who present unique ways of looking at their respective fields of expertise.

Everyone is welcome to these free sessions.

A discussion will take place after the lecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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