Science: Steven Pinker: The Decline of Violence
Faced with a stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, you easily could think we live in the most violent age ever. Yet bestselling author Steven Pinker (Better Angels of Our Nature) says just the opposite is true: Violence has been diminishing for millennia, and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives--the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away--and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Presented as part of Seattle Science Lectures, with Pacific Science Center and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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