The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Author: Steven Pinker
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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

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by kerno   2017-08-19
"The Better Angels of our Nature" by Steven Pinker shows that this is the least violent time in history.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Better-Angels-Our-Nature/dp/014312...

by jseliger   2017-08-19
considers the world far too precarious to start a family

By virtually every metric, the world is a much safer, healthier place than it used to be: .

by my_derping_account   2017-08-19

Here, read this book and criticism of it to start your journey:

https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/0143122010

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Better_Angels_of_Our_Nature#Criticism

Don't just skip straight to the criticism and assume the book is wrong.

by thesunmustdie   2017-08-19

We're living in the most peaceable, awesome time in history believe it or not. There's a book substantiating this claim: The Better Angels of Our Nature by Stephen Pinker .

by christgoldman   2017-08-19

> There appears to be an innate drive in humans towards something that is moral, existential, and transcendent

And that would be because we've evolved as a social species, and rather than acting selfishly, we act as a community to better propagate our genes. (Richard Dawkins, *The Selfish Gene *; Steven Pinker [again] *The Better Angels of Our Nature *)

> the lack of a clear universal and very specific "sensus divinitatis" doesn't inform us either way about the divine existence.

It does, when you start positing specific deities. If your deity punishes non-belief, your deity is positively immoral without instilling a natural sense of sensus divinitatis. See another comment of mine on this thread for more on that.