The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

“If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book I've ever read."—Bill Gates (May, 2017)A provocative history of violence—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, and Enlightenment Now.Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels of Our Nature

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

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

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War

The first in-depth study of the Freemasons during the Civil War   One of the enduring yet little examined themes in Civil War lore is the widespread belief that on the field of battle and afterward, members of Masonic lodges would give aid and comfort to wounded or captured enemy Masons, often at great personal sacrifice and danger. This work is a deeply researched examination of the recorded, practical effects of Freemasonry among Civil War participants on both sides.   From first-person accounts culled from regimental histories, diaries, and letters, Michael A. Halleran has constructed an overview of 19th-century American freemasonry in general and Masonry in the armies of both North and South in particular, and provided telling examples of how Masonic brotherhood worked in practice. Halleran details the response of the fraternity to the crisis of secession and war, and examines acts of assistance to enemies on the battlefield and in POW camps.   The author examines carefully the major Masonic stories from the Civil War, in particular the myth that Confederate Lewis A. Armistead made the Masonic sign of distress as he lay dying at the high-water mark of Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg.

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Summary of The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker | Conversation Starters

Summary of The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker | Conversation Starters

Summary of The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker | Conversation Starters Though we are being assaulted by the media with scenes of violence all over the world, the total amount of violence has actually decreased over time. Despite the wars and conflicts happening around the world, author Steven Pinker has collated a large amount of data to underline the idea that violence is continuously decreasing. What started with the advent of agriculture has now culminated in the rights movement, focusing on the rights of the weaker sections of society. The Better Angels of Our Nature is a comprehensive work on the history of violence and is an attempt at analyzing trends in violence since prehistory. The Better Angels of Our Nature has been shortlisted to the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. It also made it to the list of Mark Zuckerberg book club selection and New York Times Notable Books of 2011 A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These qu...

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has declined (The Macat Library)

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has declined (The Macat Library)

Reasoning is the critical thinking skill concerned with the production of arguments: making them coherent, consistent, and well-supported; and responding to opposing positions where necessary. The Better Angels of Our Nature offers a step-by-step class in precisely these skills. Author Steven Pinker's central thesis is simple: mankind has become increasingly less violent over the centuries, and will continue to do so. Pinker is aware, though, that many people instinctively believe the opposite, and Better Angels is devoted to marshalling data to support and illustrate this central argument, as well as a series of secondary arguments about how and why humanity has become less violent. Pinker's interpretative skills – understanding the meaning of the complex evidence from history – are also on display throughout, as he tackles the ambiguities of his data, the problems it presents, and the viable inferences one can draw from it.

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Summary, Analysis, and Review of Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Summary, Analysis, and Review of Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

PLEASE NOTE: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Start Publishing Notes’ Summary, Analysis, and Review of Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined includes: Summary of the book A Review Analysis & Key Takeaways A detailed “About the Author” section Preview: Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature argues that violence has been decreasing over most of human history. People have innate tendencies towards violence, but they also have innate tendencies towards peace. Historical developments, especially the consolidation of state power and the Enlightenment, have allowed humans to move away from violence, murder, and war, and move towards more peaceful ways of living. The Better Angels of Our Nature is a daring, provocative, and important book. As Pinker himself notes, journalists and pundits generally argue that the world is getting worse and that we live in uniquely dangerous or violent times. The September 11th attacks, the threat of terrorism, and the ongoing wars in the Middle East are presented as evidence of increasing violence, chaos, and instability. Pessimism is seen as realism, and policymakers declare that unprecedented effort is required to avert crises.

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Prosocial Motives, Emotions, and Behavior: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Prosocial Motives, Emotions, and Behavior: The Better Angels of Our Nature

This book examines the interplay of positive and negative influences on human behavior from a variety of perspectives. It contains contributions from recognized pioneers of research on prosocial behavior. It also includes contributions from widely-recognized experts in their subject areas. It examines several prosocial emotions, such as compassionate love, gratitude, generosity, and forgiveness, showing how these arise in individuals and groups and how they can be fostered.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined [AUDIO CD] [2011] [By Steven Pinker]

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined [AUDIO CD] [2011] [By Steven Pinker]

We've all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, "What is the world coming to?" But we seldom ask, "How bad was the world in the past?" In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species' existence. Evidence of a bloody history has always been around us: the genocides in the Old Testament and crucifixions in the New; the gory mutilations in Shakespeare and Grimm; the British monarchs who beheaded their relatives and the American founders who dueled with their rivals; the nonchalant treatment in popular culture of wife-beating, child abuse, and the extermination of native peoples. Now the decline in these brutal practices can be quantified.

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The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature from the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now."Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read..also highly persuasive." --Time Now updated with a new afterwordOne of the world's leading experts on language and the mind  explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

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