Second Thoughts about Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature and the New Morality

Recent cases of horrific, cold-blooded murders lead one to wonder about Steven Pinker’s intriguing hypothesis that human history leads naturally, if not inevitably, to the decline of violence.   From Dylann Roof going to a church service and then pulling out a gun and shooting everyone in sight, to Islamic fundamentalists calmly beheading and incinerating captured

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