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Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker

Nov 30, 2021 3:09:59 PM / by Tim McCarthy

Editor’s note:  I purposely chose this book as a companion to this month’s “News Cyclone” article.  Pinker’s well-supported theory that violence has continually declined over the centuries is a pretty powerful antidote to the media drenching that makes us think that violence is up dramatically.  Punch line: Violence is down, news coverage of violence is up (dramatically).

 

Favorite excerpt:

In describing the Flynn effect, Pinker says, “an accelerating escalator of reason has carried us away from impulses that lead to violence”

 

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