Steven Pinker on the Decline of Violence

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Host: Intelligence Squared
Location: Royal Geographical Society
Speaker: Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley

Can violence really have declined? The images of global conflict we see daily on our screens and the recent riots in the UK suggest this is an almost obscene claim to be making. Extraordinarily, however, in this riveting talk to accompany his new book The Better Angels of Our Nature US cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows violence within and between societies – both murder and warfare – has actually declined from prehistory to today.

 

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