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Steven Pinker: The Past, Present, and Future of Violence


Why do humans engage in violence? Why do we cooperate in peace? How has violence changed over the course of human history? Are we living in unusually violent times? Steven Pinker presents the viewpoint that in fact violence has decreased over time because our peaceable motives have overridden our violent ones, and that media-driven illusions fool us into thinking that violence is constantly rising.

This talk is part of the Survival symposium, a series of talks focusing on evolution and the challenges of building a better, safer and more survivable future.

[Video and text source: TheLeakeyFoundation YouTube channel]