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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Though it has taken me what seems like eons, I have finally read Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature, all 832 pages of it!

Few books invoke that human faculty of reason, that open-mindedness, and that delight of exploration in such a way as this, and I can honestly and logically predict that mankind has a bright future ahead of it. Just in the past couple months of reading it, I have seen many people open their minds to the plight of people of color, and grow in their empathy toward the oppression of others, and I have seen the highest court in the land rule in favor of marriage equality. We are living in the greatest era of moral progress that mankind has ever known, and I feel so hopeful, and so grateful to be a part of it. You MUST read this!

"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?

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."

http://www.amazon.com/The-Better-Angels-Our-Nature-ebook/dp/B0052REUW0/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

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