Monday, 5 March 2018

Intellectuals Hate Progress

In Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, the Chapter 4, “Progressophobia,” begins with the following lines:

"Intellectuals hate progress. Intellectuals who call themselves “progressive” really hate progress. It’s not that they hate the fruits of progress, mind you: most pundits, critics, and their bien-pensant readers use computers rather than quills and inkwells, and they prefer to have their surgery with anesthesia rather than without it. It’s the idea of progress that rankles the chattering class—the Enlightenment belief that by understanding the world we can improve the human condition."

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