Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker, <em>Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress</em>

Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

The follow-up to Pinker’s groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In…

<em>The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined</em>. By Steven Pinker

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

Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Viking Adult 2011; 832 pages; ISBN: 0670022950; 9780670022953. The author of The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence. 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…