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Steven Pinker

The Better Angels of Our Nature

by Steven Pinker

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker

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The Better Angels Of Our Nature illustrates why we live in the most peaceful time in history, looking at how our motivators to act violently are outweighed by our tendencies towards peace, and which major shifts in history caused this global reduction in crime.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

by Steven Pinker

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker

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Steven Pinker is a professor of psychology at Harvard, specializing in cognitive science. He's done a lot of research about visual perception development, as well as usage of human language, especially in children.

The books he's written cover a variety of topics on the above-- and, in the case of The Better Angels Of Our Nature, violence. In spite of what the media is telling us, today the world is a safer place than it ever was at any time in history.

Steven Pinker explains why violence has been on a continuous decline for the past 5,000 years. To do so, he tells us about the five big motivators of violence, the four "better angels of our nature" that counteract these forces, and six major historical shifts which have allowed one to dominate the other.

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"As one becomes aware of the decline of violence, the world begins to look different. The past seems less innocent; the present less sinister."

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Steven Pinker

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