Steven Pinker: Why Violence Has Declined

Steven Pinker

Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; Author, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Despite what can sometimes appear to be a pervasive culture of violence, Pinker, a leading expert on language and the mind, posits that we might in fact be living in one of the most peaceful times of our existence. Our wars are proportionally a fraction as deadly as ancient tribal warfare, and smaller-scale violence has also waned over the centuries, he claims. If human nature is unchanged, asks Pinker, then why has violence in society declined? Come explore the lessons of history with Pinker as he examines how the decline in violence has transformed our society and offers his thoughts on the continuation for future generations.

Location:  Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: In association with the Oshman Family JCC