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Stephen Pinker: where did all the violence go?

Posted by Martin Poulter on 5 October 2007

Stephen Pinker, famed for expansive knowledge of cognitive science, his engaging wit and for his luxuriant, flowing hair, is speaking in Bristol one week from today. Here’s a video from the ever-enthralling TED series in which he explains that despite all the war and crime in the world today, this is the least violent epoch in our species’ history. What’s more, recent centuries have been much less violent than previous centuries. What’s more, this is the least violent decade of recent decades.

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