Professor Pinker's lucid, humane and funny book puts solid science and realism in the service of much appreciated optimism. It made made think much better about our world.
The analytical approach to violence through psychology and historical data conflicts with many preconceived views on violence. The perspective feels right and is well argued, regardless of your preconceived view on violence.
I highly recommend this book. The narration was great and easy to understand, while keeping a good pace.
Steven Pinker is a knowledgeable profession who knowa how to pace a book so that you are constantly receiving information but which build on itself so that even if single points get muddled, it will be clarified soon after. The variety of detail and positive worldview contained are refreshing.
I learned a lot and found this well done. I would recommend this to others interested in man's evolution as an empathetic, humane being. It is very, very long. I could have read an abridge version and left this to PhD students.
well researched and discussed but I felt like I could fall asleep our zone out for an hour and not miss much. it felt like most topics were reviewed extensively, almost to a fault. at least for me to listen to as a book for a long distance drive I had to ruin out off at times to not fall asleep.
I cannot imagine the time that went into the writing of this book. Stephen Pinker's research is extremely thorough. Without a doubt, the world really has become a safer, less violent place.
The only part of this book I felt I could have done without was his accurate descriptions of various medieval torture devices. I understand, though, that such descriptions were necessary to provide contrast. The thought of such practices, once normal, fill us with outrage today.
Absolutely. This book is one of my favorites for several reasons. Pinker's points are consistently backed up by data and logic and he avoids making conclusions based on emotion. In addition, Pinker circumscribes several of even his most well supported claims in the manner of a true scientist by avoiding sweeping generalizations and extrapolation.
I rather like his narrating style. A bit unpolished (complement).