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Author : Steven Pinker Genre : Psychology Publisher : Penguin Books ISBN : 9780143122012 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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Presents a controversial history of violence which argues that today's world is the most peaceful time in human existence, drawing on psychological insights into intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as an acceptable measure.
Author : Steven Pinker Genre : Psychology Publisher : Penguin ISBN : 9781101544648 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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“If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book I've ever read." —Bill Gates (May, 2017) Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year The author of Rationality and Enlightenment Now offers a provocative and surprising history of violence. Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millenia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, programs, gruesom punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the esesnce of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives--the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away--and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.
Author : Joulia Smortchkova Genre : Literary Criticism Publisher : CRC Press ISBN : 9781351351171 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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Reasoning is the critical thinking skill concerned with the production of arguments: making them coherent, consistent, and well-supported; and responding to opposing positions where necessary. The Better Angels of Our Nature offers a step-by-step class in precisely these skills. Author Steven Pinker's central thesis is simple: mankind has become increasingly less violent over the centuries, and will continue to do so. Pinker is aware, though, that many people instinctively believe the opposite, and Better Angels is devoted to marshalling data to support and illustrate this central argument, as well as a series of secondary arguments about how and why humanity has become less violent. Pinker's interpretative skills – understanding the meaning of the complex evidence from history – are also on display throughout, as he tackles the ambiguities of his data, the problems it presents, and the viable inferences one can draw from it.
Author : Steven Pinker Genre : Violence Publisher : ISBN : 0141034645 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful time in out species' history. In this epic exploration of the human condition, Steven Pinker shows that, despite the constant stream of news about war, crime and terrorism, violence of all kinds has been decreasing. Barbaric practices such as human sacrifice, torture-executions and chattel slavery have been abolished; rates of death from war and homicide are dramatically down; and brutality towards minorities, women, children and animals is in steady decline. Weaving together psychology and history, science and popular culture, The Better Angles of Our Nature reinvigorates the ideals of modernity, progress and enlightenment. 'His book will change the way you see the world . . . Pinker's powerful ideas, vivid stories and sparkling prose make this hard to put down.' Daily Mail 'May prove to be one of the great books of our time . . . he writes like an angel.' Economist 'Masterly, a supremely important book . . . For anyone interested in human nature, it is engrossing.' The New York Times 'Marvellous . . . riveting and myth-destroying.' New Statesman 'A marvellous synthesis of science, history and storytelling, written in Pinker's distinctively entertaining and clear personal style . . . I was astonished by the extent to which violence has declined in every shape, form and scale.' Financial Times 'An outstanding fruitful read, with fascinating nuggets on almost every page.' Sunday Times, Book of the Year
Author : Philip Dwyer Genre : History Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing ISBN : 9781350140608 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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Preface -- List of Contributors -- List of Illustrations -- 1. Steven Pinker and the Nature of Violence in History Philip Dwyer and Mark Micale -- Part One: Interpretations -- 2. The Inner Demons of The Better Angels of Our Nature Dan Smail -- 3. The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Writing the History of Violence Dag Lindström -- 4. Progress and Its Contradictions: Human Rights, Inequality, and Violence Eric D. Weitz -- 5. Pinker's Technocratic Neoliberalism, and Why It Matters David Bell -- 6. Steven Pinker, Norbert Elias and the 'Civilizing Process' Philip Dwyer and Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen -- Part Two: Periods -- 7. Steven Pinker's 'Prehistoric Anarchy': A Bioarchaeological Critique Linda Fibiger -- 8. Getting Medieval on Steven Pinker: Violence and Medieval England Sara M. Butler -- 9. History, Violence and the Enlightenment Philip Dwyer -- Part Three: Places -- 10. The Complexity of History: Russia and Steven Pinker's Thesis Nancy Kollmann -- 11. Necrology of Angels: Violence in Japanese History as a Lens of Critique Michael Wert -- 12. The 'Moral Effect' of Legalized Lawlessness: British Imperial Violence and the Middle East Caroline Elkins -- Part Four: Themes -- 13. A History of Violence and Indigeneity: Pinker and the Native Americas Matthew Restall -- 14. The Rise and Rise of Sexual Violence Joanna Bourke -- 15. The Better Angels of Which Nature? Violence and Environmental History in the Modern World Corey Ross -- 16. On Cool Reason and Hot-Blooded Impulses? Violence and the History of Emotion Susan K. Morrissey -- Part Five: Coda 17. Pinker and Contemporary Historical Consciousness Mark Micale -- Bibliography -- Index.
Author : Michael A. Halleran Genre : History Publisher : University of Alabama Press ISBN : 9780817316952 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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The first in-depth study of the Freemasons during the Civil War From first-person accounts culled from regimental histories, diaries, and letters, Michael A. Halleran has constructed an overview of 19th-century American freemasonry. The author examines carefully the major Masonic stories from the Civil War, in particular the myth that Confederate Lewis A. Armistead made the Masonic sign of distress as he lay dying at the high-water mark of Pickett's charge at Gettysburg.
Author : Steven Pinker Genre : Psychology Publisher : Penguin ISBN : 9781101202609 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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This New York Times bestseller is an exciting and fearless investigation of language from the author of Rationality, The Better Angels of Our Nature and The Sense of Style and Enlightenment Now. "Curious, inventive, fearless, naughty." --The New York Times Book Review Bestselling author Steven Pinker possesses that rare combination of scientific aptitude and verbal eloquence that enables him to provide lucid explanations of deep and powerful ideas. His previous books - including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Blank Slate - have catapulted him into the limelight as one of today's most important popular science writers. In The Stuff of Thought, Pinker presents a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. Considering scientific questions with examples from everyday life, The Stuff of Thought is a brilliantly crafted and highly readable work that will appeal to fans of everything from The Selfish Gene and Blink to Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
Author : Mario Mikulincer Genre : Psychology Publisher : Amer Psychological Assn ISBN : PSU:000067187058 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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"In recent years, psychological scientists' narrow focus on negative emotions and antisocial behavior has broadened to include a panoply of positive emotions such as empathy, compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness and a new emphasis on prosocial, generous, altruistic behavior. At the same time, neuroscientists, primatologists, and evolutionary biologists have begun to identify the evolutionary and neurological roots of prosocial feelings and actions. Research shows that human beings have an innate capacity for prosocial behavior, but the inclinations underlying such behavior can be inhibited or overpowered in selfish, neurotic, or culturally engrained attitudes and values. Genes, personality, past social experiences, social and cultural identities, and contextual factors can all influence the degree to which human behavior is empathic and generous or cruel, vindictive, and destructive. Prosocial Motives, Emotions, and Behavior, with a subtitle borrowed from an inaugural address In Abraham Lincoln, is a comprehensive examination of the interplay of these influences. Part I considers theoretical perspectives on prosocial behavior; Part II illuminates the psychological processes that underlie prosocial behavior; Part III focuses on specific emotions such as compassionate love, gratitude, and forgiveness; Part IV examines prosocial behavior between individuals at the dyadic level; and Part V investigates prosocial behavior at the societal level, with an emphasis on solving intractable conflicts and achieving desirable social change. This stimulating, wide-ranging volume is sure to be of great interest to psychologists, social scientists, and anyone with an interest in understanding and fostering prosocial behavior"--Jacket. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
Author : Jonathan Reckford Genre : Self-Help Publisher : St. Martin's Essentials ISBN : 9781250239259 Type book : PDF, Epub, Kindle and Mobi
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Inspiring and insightful, Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World celebrates the shared principles that unite and enable us to overcome life’s challenges together. “When the waters rise, so do our better angels.”—President Jimmy Carter Jonathan Reckford, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, has seen time and again the powerful benefits that arise when people from all walks of life work together to help one another. In this uplifting book, he shares true stories of people involved with Habitat as volunteers and future homeowners who embody seven timeless virtues—kindness, community, empowerment, joy, respect, generosity, and service—and shows how we can all practice these to improve the quality of our own lives as well as those around us. A Vietnam veteran finds peace where he was once engaged in war. An impoverished single mother offers her family’s time and energy to enrich their neighbors’ lives. A Zambian family of nine living in a makeshift tent makes room to shelter even more. A teenager grieving for his mother honors her love and memory by ensuring other people have a place to call home. A former president of the United States leads by example with a determined work ethic that motivates everyone around him to be the best version of themselves. These stories, and many others, illustrate how virtues become values, how cooperation becomes connection, and how even the smallest act of compassion can encourage actions that transform the world around us. Here are tales that will make readers laugh and cry and embrace with passion the calling of our better angels to change the way we take care of ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world.