It is incredible that so much information can be gathered, scrutinized, and organized into a book so easy to read. This is top notch scientific thinking applied to one of the most important historical questions we have ever asked. keep writing, stevie, and please please please always let Arthur Morey do the reading.
Having brought the book after it was chosen by the book club for Mark Zuckerberg to read I have found it to be extremely informative. The book is very complex and so requires a little more attention than most, but after coming to grips with the many statistics and reference material I am looking forward to reading more of Stevens books. The author obviously has a good understanding and a non biased view of the subject matter and this I feel is what makes the book educational.
the media has us believing that we are in the worst of times when we are actually in the best of times and it is getting better. yes, there are pockets and areas of crime and violence, but all in all, the world has and is improving in relation to how humane we are and how intolerant we are becoming to violence and mayhem. tho the writing/info was at times, hard to hear ( descriptions of inhumanity) , I appreciated the factual presentation and delivery.
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Absolutely stunning. A tour de force that will really change the way one looks at the world they are living in. The overall thesis of the decline of violence throughout human history with the exception of certain bumps - WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Korean War - does sound valid and Dr. Pinker does a great job at presenting a wide array of support for the thesis. Dr. Pinker not only demonstrate the decline of violence in a quantitative sense, but then offers a qualitative interpretation for the understanding of why the decline of violence has occurred. A must read to better understand the progress of rationality and the motives of humans.
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I do not regret a minute I spent listening to this audiobook. I will be sure to check out more of Steven Pinker's works!
A man like any other. Only more so.
The depth and range of the research and Pinker's seeming dedication to being unbiased. Making sure to note his own summaries and those of others.
How Morey was able to make the driest part of the text vivid and relevant. There was also no shortage of verbal gymnastics that he was able to glide through.
You'll be drowned in piles of studies and statistics but will have a much better understanding of human society than you ever thought possible.
I wish I had the text of some of the more statistic rich parts to study. My old brain has trouble soaking up that much data just from listening.
Pinker presents an abundance of data to support his thesis that human violence is declining over time. He presents historical evidence to show that things were much worse in Roman times and during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. He shows that particularly since World War II and particularly in the west, we have, as a species, become less violent toward each other. Wile his May be true, we still have a log way to go.
One of my favorite books. Encouraging, with all the violence we see in the news and on TV, to realize that this is one of the least violent periods in history. Incredibly interesting historical facts and anecdotes. Good use of statistical proof without being overly tedious.
Pinker's point about the reduction in societies penchant for sadism is spot on. While generally progressive in tone he sites a few excesses of the left-leaning, humanitarian impulse, fair enough. But he's wrong about dodgeball. Dodgeball is for a**holes.