Monday, November 28, 2011

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

"The Better Angels is a monumental achievement. His book should make it much harder for pessimists to cling to their gloomy vision of the future. Whether war is an ancient adaptation or a pernicious cultural infection, we are learning how to overcome it."

This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives- the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away-and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society. Amazon

[Audiobook version]

I also recommend watching TED Talk of Steven Pinker on the myth of violence.

File size: 7 MB
Format: epub/mobi

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Movie said...

Thanks for the epub!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Any idea when the audiobook will be available?

Anonymous said...

Lethal violent crimes are certainly down in my country (Canada) but sexual assault has increased dramatically and I am interested to hear what Pinker has to say. I hope he is basing his assertions on more than reported crimes and hospital statistics. They are a very unreliable measure of the rates of some crimes, such as assault.

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