A deluge paralyzed Jakarta because of a drought of reasoning. Enlightenment thinkers believe that every problem has its solution. Our failure to overcome them is due to a thought deficit.
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The new city of Batavia was born as a biological child of a spirit of enlightenment. Steven Pinker, in Enlightenment Now (2018), identifies four pillars of the idealism of enlightenment: reasoning, science, humanism and progress. The colonial (transitional) regimes of France and Britain, and later [...]