During the 17th and 18th century, thinkers in Europe sought to better understand the human condition. The collected ideas became known as the Enlightenment. It rejected the traditional social, religious, and political ideas, but emphasized the application of reason to solving problems. In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress (Viking, 2018), Steven Pinker, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard, presents a spirited, optimistic defense of the influence of the Enlightenment ideas on our daily life. Compared with previous centuries, this cumulative, science-based approach to knowledge affords us to live longer, healthier, better nourished, educated, richer lives while enjoying the fruits of democracy and widespread education. Pinker spices up his book with a vigorous evidence-based attack on intellectuals on the left and right who criticize science, humanism, and progress, and anyone else, past or present, who generally relate with skepticism to the ideals of the Enlightenment. This well written and persuasive book was favorably reviewed by The Economist and The New York Times. Please join us in lively discussions and exchange of ideas. Participants will be encouraged to act as discussion leaders.