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.
Fascinating, engaging, thought provoking, and hopeful book. Impressively researched. Intriguing thesis well presented and supported. A masterpiece!!
NA -- this is not a novel.
Morey's narration is excellent. His pacing and phrasing tie in perfectly with the subject matter. It felt like the author was speaking to me directly.
Pinker constructs a careful and thorough analysis of the trajectory of human violence and demonstrates conclusively how and why it has decreased.
Buy it !!
So much info, so interesting.
His depth is great. Though I'm not interested in psychology (chapter 9 or something focuses on this), the amount of novel and non-intuitive info he presents make it worth listening to.
I though the first few chapters were a bit repetitive, but overall I think the book is a great book. Full of insights. Love how Steven Pinker is able to communicate complex ideas in simple and concise language.
I liked how the book makes the case for the decline in human violence.
The story of violence.
It is in my top 10 favorites
This book has instructed me to realize the truth ... that the people of this world have evolved far beyond what we are led to believe by media and that mankind is, overall, today, more kind, wise, and caring than we have been taught to believe. My own personal life has become less fearful and my overall view on everything about life is far more optimistic
Guns, Germs and Steel, Before the Dawn and even Das Kapital (no endorsement implied) for panoramic views of human history.
Big data meets big history with a surprisingly hopeful conclusion.