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we’re getting nicer every day

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM

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“Today we are probably living in the most peaceful moment of our species’ time on earth.” – evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker (and article author)

Also from the article…

”…The decline of violence is a fractal phenomenon, visible at the scale of millenia, centuries, decades and years. It applies over several orders of magnitude of violence, from genocide to war to rioting to homicide to the treatment of children and animals. And it appears to be a worldwide trend, though not a homogeneous one. The leading edge has been in Western societies, especially England and Holland, and there seems to have been a tipping point at the onset of the Age of Reason in the early seventeenth century.”.

(although, this last passage’s pinpointing of particular cultures and cultural movements does call into question the historiographical issue of who writes history)

  • Link origin – thank you Rob Brezny for your weekly e-letter of crazy hilarious horoscopes and ‘pronoia’ links.   One day I will meet you and your awesome manifesto).
  • Photo link – beachblogger42 on flickr via monocolumn)

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