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Don't be afraid of good news., 20 Feb 2012
The evidence for the decline of violence is clear so it has been with some delight that I have let the fact sink in; life seems so much better knowing that we really do live in an ever less violent world. As to the causes, well, I suspect there will be some surprises ahead, though a lot of those detailed in this book must be on the money. This is an often startling read, the explanation for how ideological absurdities are enforced among the unwilling is, for example, just such a succulent mental treat. Another, perhaps greater stunner, is the concise evolutionarily psychological dissection of patriarchy as it bears on that highly politically vexatious form of violence, rape.
This is a text written by an incredibly forbearing man - even as a gentile I would find it hard not to at least entertain notions of torturing Hitler should the thought experiment be run that he was in my custody. But there you go, Pinker appears to show himself balking at the thought of torturing the architect of World War II and the Holocaust.
In any event, another important book by Pinker.