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Steven Pinker

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In the Face of Violence, Do Societies Turn Inward to Evolve?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

During periods following brutal acts of violence or unthinkable devastation, it is easy for our brains to run wild with worry. But as violence declines worldwide, is there any argument to be made that chaos to some extent is the catalyst for reflection and change? When societies face a crisis, do they increasingly look inward to evolve? Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined," explains.

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Steven Pinker on Why Violence Has Declined

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The seemingly endless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, might make us believe we live in the most violent age ever seen. But Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, explains that just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia. In The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined he looks at human nature, psychology, and history to explain how this has happened.

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'The Better Angels of Our Nature': Steven Pinker on Why Violence Has Declined

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

On July 23, 2011, Anders Breivik opened fire at a youth camp on the Norwegian island of Utoya, killing 69 people. Breivik’s brutal crime horrified the world. For many Americans, it stirred up memories of Oklahoma City in 1994, Columbine in 1999, and, of course, September 11, 2001. Yet, despite what looks like a proliferation of shooting sprees and terrorist plots in the last few decades, a new book argues that violence has actually declined since ancient times.

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Between Your Ears

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Steven Pinker, psychology professor at Harvard University and the author of The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature discusses language, genomes, and all things brain.

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The Stuff of Thought

Friday, September 14, 2007

Time magazine has called Harvard Professor Steven Pinker one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World Today." His latest book, The Stuff of Thought, delves into the mental processes behind everything we say, from swear words to polite greetings, from baby names to technical jargon, explaining what the ...

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