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Better Angels of Our Nature

Posted by ubpdqn on January 29, 2015

baounThis was one of my first kindle purchases. This is an excellent book. It is long but , I believe, important exploration of the decline of  violence in deep and broad set of contexts.

The book explores multiple data sources in attempt to prove and quantify the decline in violence and looks from multiple viewpoints (historical, psychological and other social scientific viewpoints) with a view to explaining this decline. The importance of the “leviathan”, economic prosperity and mutual dependence, the feminine influence, empathy and most importantly reason. I found the “pacificists” dilemma a very useful device for explaining how these factors change the payoff matrix to encourage non-violent cooperation.






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