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2013 AIKEN LECTURE - Steven Pinker

Oct 10, 2013
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Ira Allen Chapel I201-I301 (Chapel)

GEORGE D. AIKEN LECTURE SERIES presents: Steven Pinker, "War + Peace - A History of Violence"

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 New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new talk, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

This groundbreaking talk continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative talk is sure to be hotly debated, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.

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