Nor is he afraid to venture into deep philosophical waters, like the role of reason in ethics and whether, without appealing to religion, some ethical views can be grounded in reason and others cannot be. When a local lawyer is asked to defend an African-American man accused of rape, he has to decide between doing what's right and doing what society expects of him, launching his children right in the middle of the conflict. Is there a link between the human rights movement and the campaign for animal rights? Are we getting smarter? After scouring the internet and surveying our colleagues on their picks, we rounded up the most famous book set in every state in America. How does a president’s I. Book review of famous writers.
Do we have grounds for being optimistic about the future? Why are homicide rates higher in the southerly states of this country than in northern ones? Has the past century witnessed moral progress or a moral collapse? Here is a sample: What do we owe to the Enlightenment?
This Pulitzer Prize winner is set in Maycomb, a community divided by racism and inspired by Lee's hometown of Monroeville. If that sounds like a book you would want to read, wait, there’s more. Is a smarter world a better world? Q.
Could declines in violence in particular societies be attributed to genetic change among its members? It is unusual for the subtitle of a book to undersell it, but “Better Angels of Our Nature” tells us much more than why violence has declined. People living now are less likely to meet a violent death, or to suffer from violence or cruelty at the hands of others, than people living in any previous century. A young man from a family of money donates all of his savings to charity and abandons his possessions before hitchhiking into the Alaskan wilderness to reinvent himself.
Pinker assumes that many of his readers will be skeptical of this claim, so he spends six substantial chapters documenting it. Are aggressive tendencies heritable? In seeking answers to these questions Pinker draws on recent research in history, psychology, cognitive science, economics and sociology. Whether you come from the California coastline or the snowy forests of Maine, reading a book set in your home state can make you feel a warm nostalgia for that beloved place.
That may sound like a hard slog, but for anyone interested in understanding human nature, the material is engrossing, and when the going gets heavy, Pinker knows how to lighten it with ironic comments and a touch of humor. Correlate with the number of battle deaths in wars in which the United States is involved? Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard who first became widely known as the author of addresses some of the biggest questions we can ask: Are human beings essentially good or bad? The decline in violence holds for violence in the family, in neighborhoods, between tribes and between states. The central thesis of “Better Angels” is that our era is less violent, less cruel and more peaceful than any previous period of human existence. In 855 information-packed pages, Pinker also discusses a host of more specific issues.