Buffett says there are "some very interesting reasons to be optimistic about the world in this chapter," titled "Progressive Phobia."
Gates also gives Pinker's "Enlightenment Now" its stamp of approval and remarks that "it's a more serious reading than many books, but really fantastic." She paints a picture of human progress, arguing that humans have the tools they need to be successful in modern times. "Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, security, peace, knowledge and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide," says the editor.
Pinker "talks about the progress we have made and how we can learn even faster from the places where we have made progress," explains Gates. "It came from the work he did in his earlier book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, where he saw violence was going down, and now he has looked at many other things, such as safety at work and happiness."