Book review: “Enlightenment Now” by Stephen Pinker

Book review: “Enlightenment Now” by Stephen Pinker

“Enlightenment Now” is the latest blockbuster from Stephen Pinker, the author of “The Blank Slate” and “The Better Angels of Our Nature”. It has a surprising and disappointing blind spot in its treatment of AI risk, which is why it is reviewed here, but overall, it is a valuable and important book: it launches a highly effective attack on populism, which is possibly the most important and certainly the most dangerous political movement today. The resistance to populism needs bolstering, and Pinker is here to help. Populism Populists claim to defend the common man against an elite – usually a...