#27 Enlightenment Now with David Prestin


David Prestin (nextcallings.com) joins Dustyn and Whitney to dive into Steven Pinker's new book Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, and Progress. Is the world in a better state than it seems? If so, why does it feel so bad?

David Prestin is a Life & Business Transitions Consultant and Coach at his company Next Callings.  Before starting out on his own, he spent 10 years at the Boeing Company as an Industrial & Systems Engineer, Manager, and Strategist.  He graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy and B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering.  He went on to work on a M.S. in Engineering with a focus in Engineering Management and Leadership and graduating from Purdue University in 2012.  He's been with the UW Philosophy Departments Advisory Board since 2016.


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