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Forecasting World War III

Hello again.

I apologize for going silent for so long.  I felt overwhelmed at the end of our teaching term, transitioned into family fun and obligations and then have been unconscionably slow getting out of the starting blocks since the new year began.   95 more words

Decline Of Violence

Childmortality.org Recognizes Reality in the DRC

Loyal readers will recall my bold prediction that childmortality.org would bow to reality in 2015 and explicitly recognize that child mortality rates have steadily decreased in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the war (which began around 1999).   118 more words

Where Do Numbers Come From?

A Must Read: Steven Pinker Marks to Market

Steven Pinker’s master work, The Better Angels of our Nature, found very long-term declines (going back to pre-history) in a broad array of violence indicators.   293 more words

Excess Deaths

Steven Pinker on why life is no longer nasty, brutish and short

The Peace Dividend

A great Ted Talk here by Steven Pinker on the ongoing decline in violence. Not only does he present the hard data to show that the decline of violence is a fact, but he also gives several plausible explanations as to why the decline is happening. 85 more words



the new hero can let it fail
allow the dissolve –
in an historical divide,
severing the heart attack tight
knot of man’s blood lazy past… 49 more words


“The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined”

The reason, according to the Montreal-born psychologist Steven Pinker’s massive book with that title, is, above all, the civilizing effect of governments and cities.

From Elizabeth Kolbert’s review in the… 167 more words