The Violence Paradox

Michael Shermer reviews The Violence Paradox, a PBS NOVA film special based on Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of Our Nature. Shermer also addresses criticisms of Pinker’s theory of the decline of violence and updates readers on research since 2011. The two-hour PBS NOVA film special, a production of WGBH Boston, airs November 20, 2019.

We are living in the most peaceful era of human history. Which, to my mind, is a sad commentary on humanity in general, considering how peaceful some places aren’t. It all comes down to education. The least educated, like Americans and Muslim extremists, are the most violent.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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