Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of our Nature

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Are we moving increasingly closer towards a benevolent society?

With images of global conflict and atrocity broadcast around the clock, it seems obscene to speculate if violence is actually on the decline. 

In this Ri talk to accompany his new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker shows that violence within and between societies – for both murder and warfare – has actually declined from prehistory to today.

Moving between subjects as diverse as art and religion, trade and table manners, Pinker shows how life has changed across the centuries and around the world - not simply through the huge benefits of organized government, but also because of the extraordinary power of progressive ideas.

Why has this come about? And what does it tell us about ourselves? Pinker brings his huge breadth of knowledge to reveal a new historical perspective and, ultimately, our true natures.

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Being Human

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Professor Steven Pinker
Location:
London, UK
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The Theatre
Published:
2012
Filmed:
2011
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