Philosophy, literature, mythology, psychology, climate, history.

Is global violence steadily declining?

leave a comment »

Harvard professor Steven Pinker, perhaps best known for The Language Instinct, his popular account of cognitive linguistics, has written a new book with the provocative thesis that violence has been steadily declining over the last several thousand years. From genocide to war, from capital punishment to violent crime, the available data, such as it is, all shows a downward trend. Pinker gives a compelling overview of his argument in “A History of Violence” on

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined is scheduled for release this week.

(image: a Bronze Age Skull from Troy, Neues Museum, Berlin)


Written by Mesocosm

October 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Posted in Links

Tagged with ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: