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Steven Pinker (1954-): The Better Angels of Our Nature: Conflict Book Review

This massive book by the Canadian academic Steven Pinker, is so full of the most extraordinary data and insights that I think it is probably one of the best, most interesting  books I have ever read. It certainly met the … Continue reading

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War Statistics: Steven Pinker’s new book ‘The Better Angels of our Nature’

Steven Pinker’s new book ‘The Better Angels of our Nature: the Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes ‘ relies heavily on statistics from the following source: The Correlates of War Project at: http://www.correlatesofwar.org/ And Matthew White founder of the … Continue reading

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Novels and the Decline in Violence: Steven Pinker’s (1954-) View

Some years ago, driving down to Big Sur in California, I heard an interview on National Public Radio with J.M. Coetzee (1940-), the great South African novelist. He told the story of how, after the South African peace process had … Continue reading

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The Limits of Empathy

Good piece from David Brooks in today’s New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/opinion/brooks-the-limits-of-empathy.html?src=me&ref=general which I will contest in a separate posting. I think he is mixing up empathy and sympathy but still worth a read. The comments are also an interesting … Continue reading

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