Fascism and the Enlightenment with Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker, Rob Riemen and Tali Sharot discuss fascism and humanism with Andrew Marr.
Humanity is flourishing and the Enlightenment has worked, declares Steven Pinker. The Harvard psychologist has looked across health, prosperity, safety, peace and happiness, and sees signs that all are improving. He tells Andrew Marr how Enlightenment attitudes to reason and science have made this the best age in which to live. But Enlightenment values are under attack and Pinker calls for their vigorous defence.
Dutch philosopher Rob Riemen also sees humanism under threat from fascism, with its politics of resentment and hatred of the life of the mind. But can reason, beauty and justice combat this threat?
The neuroscientist Tali Sharot thinks reason and fear are not enough to make us change our minds. Only by understanding how the brain functions can we perfect the art of persuasion.
Producer: Hannah Sander.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress is published by Viking.
To Fight Against This Age: On fascism and humanism is published by W.W Norton & Company.
The Influential Mind is published by Little, Brown.
|Interviewed Guest||Steven Pinker|
|Interviewed Guest||Rob Riemen|
|Interviewed Guest||Tali Sharot|