Data released Friday showed the number of children in Japan fell for the 37th consecutive year. The ratio of children ages 0-14 to the overall population is now at a record low of 12.3%.
How are other G7 countries and India doing in comparison?
Tip for Reading List: A Status Check on Enlightenment
Books by Steven Pinker, the brilliant Harvard cognitive scientist, are generally awaited with anticipation; there was extra excitement about his latest because it promised a perspective on the changing quality of human life at a time when authoritarian regimes around the world are seen as striking powerful blows to the post-War liberal consensus. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress is now available in paperback in India. Pinker makes the same case as his 2011 work, The Better Angels of our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity — that contrary to what is often assumed based on daily images of conflict, levels of violence have, in fact, fallen down the ages — using updated statistics, and also factoring in the rise of authoritarian populism, specifically President Donald Trump in the United States. Also, the book makes a powerful defence of the four big ideas in its subtitle: progress, reason, science and humanism, the last being defined as “the goal of maximising human flourishing — life, health, happiness, freedom, knowledge, love, richness of experience”.