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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

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Gorbachev

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

Poetry

“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