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The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker
by Meaghan Hendricks on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of The Better Angels of Our Nature

Counteractions
Motives
The Civilization Process
The Long Peace
The Rights Revolution
Exploitation
Dominance
Moralistic
Ideology
Reason
Empathy
Morals
Self Control
6 Major Declines of
Violence
The Humanitarian Revolution
The New Peace
The Better Angels of Our Nature
Steven Pinker
Dept. of Psychology
Harvard University
Violence has been declining for long periods of time
It has not been
steady
it has not gone down to zero
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Life in "State of Nature?"
Thomas Hobbes
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"The life of a man: solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."
"Nothing can be more gentle than man in his primitive state."
The Pacification Process
Correct
Forensic Archeology
Ethnographic Vital Statistics
5,000 years ago, humans lived in a state of anarchy, without central government.
Measuring Death by Violence
Vs.
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