RSA - The Better Angels of our Nature

A radical re-assessment of human progress from one of the world’s most exciting public thinkers.

In his latest work, Steven Pinker explores the ways in which modernity and its cultural institutions are actually making us better people.

In ‘The Better Angels of our Nature’, Pinker traces a history of progress that reveals the historical circumstances and “civilising forces”, from commerce to cosmopolitanism, that have brought us to the most peaceful era humankind has yet experienced. Join Steven Pinker at the RSA for a fascinating insight into the conditions, norms and policies that combine to engage the "better angels" of human nature - our capacity for co-operation, empathy and altruism.

Speaker: Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and author of ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes’ (Allen Lane, 2011).

http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2011/the-better-angels-of-our-nature

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