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Scared by the News? Take the Long View: Progress Gets Overlooked

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'The solution isn’t to soften the news, of course. But if journalism provided a more comprehensive view of the world, it might not be so oppressive. That’s one of the central arguments in Steven Pinker’s new book, “Enlightenment Now,” which assesses many forms of progress that have been made to improve the human condition in recent centuries and decades — progress that many people (in some cases most people) are unaware of or have lost sight of.I think that curriculums that aim at de-biasing and statistical literacy should begin early, including an explicit awareness of the fallacies we’re vulnerable to. It should be part of our conventional wisdom never to trust our intuitions about risk and danger, and to try to circumvent them by seeking data and reasoning about them probabilistically.'

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