The Better Angels of Our Nature

Posted: April 3, 2014 in crime, Uncategorized
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pinkerI’m fascinated by Steven Pinker’s book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker argues that violence in the world has declined over the span of time. (He also talked about this subject at TED Talks.)

His thesis is pretty convincing. But after reading the article Books Bound In Human Skin in the International Business Times, I’m absolutely convinced Pinker is right.

Since violence is declining over time, does this spell the death of crime fiction? I doubt it. Pinker also argues that because of today’s almost instant media, the public is more aware of violence, and therefore believes that society today is more violent than in other times.


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