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The combination of more liberal political regimes and transformational scientific advances inaugurated the most prosperous period in the history of humankind.This spectacular growth has been accompanied by equally extraordinary improvements in a wide range of socioeconomic indicators.Pinker argues that more moral progress has been achieved in the last few centuries than most macroeconomic measurements can reflect.After all, there are plenty of reasons – many of which are secondary effects of the Enlightenment – for people to feel uneasy about the future.In his 2013 book, "The Great Escape," Nobel laureate economist Angus Deaton shows how progress in reducing aggregate privation, famine and premature death over the past 250 years has left many social groups behind. While inequality at the global level has recently been mitigated by the economic rise of countries like China, numerous studies find that inequality within countries has been increasing. The result of Trump's "America First" approach and fearmongering about all things foreign has been to undermine global cooperation.Similarly, technological progress has left critical national infrastructure potentially vulnerable to cyberattacks.Fortunately, scientific rationality is capable of creating tools to remedy its own excesses.
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