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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 4 of Steven Pinker’s 2018 book, Enlightenment Now:

More than ever, the ideals of reason, science, humanism, and progress need a wholehearted defense. We take its [the enlightenment’s] gifts for granted: newborns who will live more than eight decades, markets overflowing with food, clean water that appears with the flick of a finger and waste that disappears with another, pills that erase a painful infection, sons who are not sent off to war, daughters who can walk the streets in safety, critics of the powerful who are not jailed or shot, the world’s knowledge and culture available in a shirt pocket.


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