Steven Pinker On Making Real Progress


The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity

by Steven Pinker (2012)

The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker

We Are Getting Better!

Steven Pinker lays it out in his hefty book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. 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 certainly welcome! For those of us who follow climate change issues, the news is often depressing & discouraging. Indeed, there are so many examples of humans being a scourge to nature and wildlife. Humanity’s relationship with our own species isn’t often seen as that much better. Turns out, the news isn’t all bad. We are also capable of doing good! The massive compilation that Pinker put together in his book is a testament to our species’ better nature.

Dr. Steven Pinker
Dr. Steven Pinker is a professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Click the image for more info.

Evidently Optimistic

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, Steven Pinker dives into the deep questions (like are humans innately good or evil?). Go ahead and enjoy!


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