Is our world less violent than it used to be? An upcoming lecture at Thompson Rivers University by a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize will attempt to answer that question.
Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, speaks at TRU’s Campus Activity Centre on Friday, Oct. 12. The free lecture begins at 7 p.m.
Titled The Better Angels of Our Nature, a History of Violence, Pinker will explore violence through the ages and discuss whether ancient history was more violent than today.
He suggests human nature hasn’t changed, but that our methods of dealing with the inner demons that fuel violence have evolved through means like negotiation, government, trade, cosmopolitanism and more.
Pinker was recently named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.