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The Better Angels of Our Nature


Many people likely saw the shootings in Aurora, Colo., earlier this year as another symptom of an increasingly violent world. And yet, there were no violent reprisals in the aftermath, no mobs out for vengeance. Instead there were candle-light vigils and memorial services. In his latest book, cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker explains that despite such acts of violence, we’re actually living in a period of extraordinary peace. Thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, Pinker argues that we’re largely abiding by the better angels of our nature, and he’ll join us on Monday to make his case.