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The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity
by Steven Pinker (2012)
We Are Getting Better!
Pinker’s optimistic and incredible well-supported thesis is that human civilization is progressing! Although it might not feel that way when we watch the news, people are in fact becoming less violent.
The evidence is most welcome. For those of us who follow climate change issues, the news is often depressing & discouraging. Indeed, there are so many examples where humans seem to be a scourge on nature and wildlife that it presents a pretty grim evolution of our species. But the news isn’t all bad! We are also capable of doing good, and Pinker’s book is a testament to this better nature.
Over the long course of human history (see MLK quote), humans are actually turning out good. There’s certainly a lot more to unpack from this very juicy book, but I’ll leave it for you to discover! Basically, Pinker dives into the deep questions (like are humans innately good or evil?). Go ahead and enjoy!