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3 11, 2011

Key learnings from Steven Pinker: The better angels of our nature

Thu, Nov 3, 2011|Topics: , |

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?

17 11, 2010

Talk of the Nation: Can science shape human values? And should it?

Wed, Nov 17, 2010|Topics: , , , |

From NPR: Ira Flatow talks with scientists and philosophers Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Lawrence Krauss, Simon Blackburn about the origins of human values, and the influence of modern scientific thought on human values. Even if science can shape human morals, should it? Or does science bring its own set of preconceptions and prejudices to moral questions? · Go to Talk of the Nation: Can science shape human values? And should it? →

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