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How does The Better Angels of Our Nature relate to liberal and realist theories of conflict? Eileen Filmus | Great Power Politics | Prof. Mearsheimer Steven. Others — "the better angels of our nature," in Abraham Lincoln's words — incline us toward cooperation and peace. The way to explain the decline of violence is. 𝗣𝗗𝗙 | There's been a shooting in a Sikh Temple this morning. A lone gunman The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined.

He makes violence the main character, for better or worse, in a story that is ongoing and relevant and important.

In fact, Pinker tells the story so well and brings up such important points, facts, and conclusions, that I am tempted to dismiss the things that bothered me about the book. Yet, I can't do that in good conscience. Pinker drives home the fact that violence is much less acceptable than it used to be for a variety of reasons and that unacceptability has come about as humans have developed civilization and sought out ways to live together more peacefully.

The Better Angels of Our Nature left me hopeful that we can continue to rise above violence and find nonviolent solutions in spite of my skepticism about certain sections of the book. Being a recent college graduate, the moment I saw that Bill Gates had recommended this book, I bought it and began reading.

This book has some important, intriguing, and profound themes such as how far we have come collectively as humans from even the middle ages to now. Though we are by no means close to being angels, as evident by the chapter about our inner demons , progress is undeniable. I also am a fan of Pinker's style of writing. He adds humor intermittently, has some interesting anecdotes, and does a good job at explaining most of his reasoning and data.

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I found the length of this book to be excessive though. This is a big book, make no mistake about it. At times, when Pinker is backing up his claims with copious amounts of data and graphs in the middle sections of the book, it can be a chore to read.

However, I think I am the better for having read this book, and though I personally would not say that this book changed my life, I am glad to have read it. I would also like to mention that if you download the paperback version, towards the beginning, the text on the pages is uniformly at an angle, and not entirely horizontal across the page. This is truly a marvelous piece of work. I can't imagine the amount of time and research that went into crafting this epic - and that is truly what it is.

The author takes so many different perspectives - historical, psychological, biological, evolutionary, etc. However, I had to dock a star for a few reasons. The vast majority of people reading this book, I believe, will have a very difficult time reading the book without a dictionary nearby or of course, an app on your smartphone, which I admittedly used. Eventually, it became frustrating enough that I downloaded the Merriam-Webster dictionary app for the sole purpose of having it on hand while reading this book!

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Never had that problem with any other book. Second, Pinker tends to run off on tangents on a consistent basis, and you will often forget you are even reading a book on violence.

Many of these tangents are relatively interesting, but at times I thought perhaps he was just stroking his own ego rather than staying on topic. The book could have been much more concise and delivered the same message. As a whole, however, the book is excellent and definitely worth a read, if you are up for a challenge.

Or hey, maybe I'm not as great a reader as I thought I was! I found it a challenging but rewarding read and I came away from the experience with a great deal of knowledge and insight.

Kindle Edition Verified download. While generally slow and plodding to read despite innumerable attempts of varying success by the author to make it readable as a narrative with witticisms and anecdotes , this book comes across as an exhaustively researched, massively referenced academic endeavor. I decided it deserved five stars rather than four because I think any less exhaustive approach would have been less convincing, and from the professional reviews I've read, this is clearly a ground-breaking, masterly achievement in consolidating, synthesizing and logically interpreting the research in this area.

I am a more optimistic and hopeful human for reading it! See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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The trends are not subtle — many of the changes involve an order of magnitude or more. Even when his explanations do not fully convince, they are serious and well-grounded.

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But Pinker shows that for most people in most ways it has become much less dangerous. I don't know if he's right, but I do think this book is a winner. Wilson , in the Wall Street Journal , called the book "a masterly effort to explain what Mr. Pinker regards as one of the biggest changes in human history: We kill one another less frequently than before.

But to give this project its greatest possible effect, he has one more book to write: a briefer account that ties together an argument now presented in pages and that avoids the few topics about which Mr.

Pinker has not done careful research. Bush 'infamously' supported torture; John Kerry was right to think of terrorism as a 'nuisance"; 'Palestinian activist groups' have disavowed violence and now work at building a 'competent government.

Wilson in the Wall Street Journal comes to mind , virtually everyone else either raves about the book or expresses something close to ad hominem contempt and loathing At the heart of the disagreement are competing conceptions of research and scholarship, perhaps epistemology itself.

How are we to study violence and to assess whether it has been increasing or decreasing? What analytic tools do we bring to the table? Pinker, sensibly enough chooses to look at the best available evidence regarding the rate of violent death over time, in pre-state societies, in medieval Europe, in the modern era, and always in a global context; he writes about inter-state conflicts, the two world wars, intrastate conflicts, civil wars, and homicides. In doing so, he takes a critical barometer of violence to be the rate of homicide deaths per , citizens Pinker's is a remarkable book, extolling science as a mechanism for understanding issues that are all too often shrouded in unstated moralities, and highly questionable empirical assumptions.

Whatever agreements or disagreements may spring from his specifics, the author deserves our respect, gratitude, and applause. Brian Ferguson , professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University—Newark , has challenged Pinker's archaeological evidence for the frequency of war in prehistoric societies, which he contends "consists of cherry-picked cases with high casualties, clearly unrepresentative of history in general.

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Despite recommending the book as worth reading, the economist Tyler Cowen was skeptical of Pinker's analysis of the centralization of the use of violence in the hands of the modern nation state.

Epstein also accuses Pinker of an over-reliance on historical data, and argues that he has fallen prey to confirmation bias , leading him to focus on evidence that supports his thesis while ignoring research that does not. John N. Gray , in a critical review of the book in Prospect , writes, "Pinker's attempt to ground the hope of peace in science is profoundly instructive, for it testifies to our enduring need for faith.

Well, not to put too fine a point on it: So what? What on earth can he truly imagine that tells us about "progress" or "Enlightenment" or about the past, the present, or the future?Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the book Pinker uses a range of sources from different fields. Pinker is certainly correct that the protection of animals from unnecessary harm has climbed up the public policy agenda over the past two centuries, typically alongside more general campaigns to raise the standing of potentially vulnerable humans, especially women and children Bourke, Fukuyama, Francis.

In an earlier work Pinker characterized the general misunderstanding concerning Hobbes: Hobbes is commonly interpreted as proposing that man in a state of nature was saddled with an irrational impulse for hatred and destruction.

Second, feudal territories were consolidated into monarchic kingdoms under centralized Leviathans, which could support new tools and methods of violence ushered in by the Military Revolution, and serve as a regulating body for warring knights and peasants. These issues include sexuality, from a Christian perspective, their book suc- parenting and child rearing, sexual infidelity, ceeds in being a practical resource for Christian divorce and blended families, and substance practitioners.

Particular attention is paid to philosopher Thomas Hobbes who Pinker argues has been undervalued. State Formation and Civilization , Oxford: By all means, praise the modern world for what is good about it, but spare us the mythology.

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