SOLD OUT: Steven Pinker discusses The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

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EVENT:  Steven Pinker discusses his new Book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. 

AUTHOR:  Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.  A two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist and the Winner of many prizes for his research, teaching, and Books, he has been named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today" and Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers."  He is the author of the Bestselling Books The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature and The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature.  He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This Event is now completely FULL and all seats are taken.

EVENT FORMAT:  Steven Pinker will discuss his new Book, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.  A Booksigning will follow the program.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry Street
64110 Kansas City
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670022953
Availability: This book's status requires us to check for more information to determine availability
Published: Viking Adult - October 4th, 2011

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen.  Yet as The New York Time Bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence.  For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life.  But today, Steven shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned.  How has this happened?  This groundbreaking Book continues Steven's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world.  The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives, the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail.  Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative Book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.

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