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Favourite Reads: Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature” #2

Was World War II some kind of nadir in the long and tragic history of violence? Was the twentieth century the most violent of all centuries? Not necessarily, according to Pinker. For one, there were a lot more people on the earth to become involved in both World War I and II; furthermore, the technology was there to kill more people; this may not translate as a greater intention to cause harm but simply a greater means. Steadily, despite horrific war being far from a thing of the past, violence and war are being pushed to the margins.