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LongTomH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 09:11 PM
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Steven Pinker - The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Edited on Sun Oct-23-11 09:13 PM by LongTomH
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8jzumc1wvg
 
Posted on YouTube: October 21, 2011
By YouTube Member: iasedu
Views on YouTube: 73
 
Posted on DU: October 23, 2011
By DU Member: LongTomH
Views on DU: 1178
 
Prof. Steven Pinker of Harvard gave a thought-provoking talk at the Linda Hall Library here in KC. His thesis is counter-intuitive to anyone watching the 24hr news cycle: Prof. Pinker asserts that violence is actually on the decline and that decline is continuing into the 21st Century.

Do a search on YouTube for 'Steven Pinker' AND violence.

His book: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined is available at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Better-Angels-Our-Nature-Violence...
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 09:18 PM
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1. I'm reading it and it keeps blowing my mind. I highly reccommend it.
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 11:53 PM
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2. Definitely good stuff. I'm a convert.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 12:22 AM
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3. Excellent Speech.
I dig his hair, also. :D
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Atypical Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 08:40 AM
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4. Lack of anonymity is driving this.
My belief is that lack of anonymity is driving this.

It is virtually impossible for anything to be done these days without it being recorded.
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SkyDaddy7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 09:15 AM
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5. He is a brilliant mind!
I love listening to his lectures/speeches...Especially his views on religion & why people think what they think.

Thanks for posting! I can't wait to watch it later!!
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digonswine Donating Member (463 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 10:11 AM
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6. I love this guy-
he really elevates the topics and is quite clear-headed. No strident messages, no hyperbole. I have read his "The Stuff of Thought" and "How the Mind Works"--we need more of him.
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