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The Resource The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined, Steven Pinker

The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined, Steven Pinker

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The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined
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The better angels of our nature
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why violence has declined
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Steven Pinker
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Summary
We've all asked, "What is the world coming to?" But we seldom ask, "How bad was the world in the past?" In this startling new book, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the past was much worse. Evidence of a bloody history has always been around us: genocides in the Old Testament, gory mutilations in Shakespeare and Grimm, monarchs who beheaded their relatives, and American founders who dueled with their rivals. The murder rate in medieval Europe was more than thirty times what it is today. Slavery, sadistic punishments, and frivolous executions were common features of life for millennia, then were suddenly abolished. How could this have happened, if human nature has not changed? Pinker argues that thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, debunk toxic ideologies, and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence.--From publisher description
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1954-
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Pinker, Steven
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  • Violence
  • Violence
  • Nonviolence
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The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined, Steven Pinker
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http://ebooks.tscpl.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=27E4D9F1-FA91-4417-89D7-7A55F4963AF3
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Contents
A foreign country -- The pacification process -- The civilizing process -- The humanitarian revolution -- The long peace -- The new peace -- The rights revolutions -- Inner demons -- Better angels -- On angels' wings
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1 downloadable ebook.
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online
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9781101544648
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remote
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The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined, Steven Pinker
Link
http://ebooks.tscpl.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=27E4D9F1-FA91-4417-89D7-7A55F4963AF3
Publication
Contents
A foreign country -- The pacification process -- The civilizing process -- The humanitarian revolution -- The long peace -- The new peace -- The rights revolutions -- Inner demons -- Better angels -- On angels' wings
Extent
1 downloadable ebook.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101544648
Specific material designation
remote

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