Is Violence On The Decline?

I know Steven Pinker has been talking a lot about the topic of the decrease in violence at this time in history, when compared to the past, for some time now. He’s written a book about it and has given many talks and lectures on the subject. I am yet to read the book, but something I have picked up on in his many lectures is that, while violence on a large scale seems to be decreasing, this doesn’t mean that there are less acts of...

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RSA – The Better Angels of our Nature – Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker, one of the world’s most exciting public thinkers, presents a radical re-assessment of human progress. In this 22 minute talk, Pinker gives good evidence that violence among people is actually on the decline. I know many believe otherwise, but if we take into account the much more immediate and widespread availability of information in this age, we have access to news of violence more-so than ever before so it only seems much...

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Crosses

Cross yourself and speak unto Jesus And hope for the species that the people deceased Are released from the pain and the suffering Your faith is decreasing, the pages are creasing In the only book you’ve been reading. The idea is appealing, but somehow revealing Of the fear that you’re breeding. And you’re left needing… You’re only human. A part of this species that does as it pleases. If you do what they tell you...

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Older Than Religion

The Bristlecone Pine is a species of pine found in the USA that lives just below the treeline in the mountains of south-western USA. It survives in some of the harshest conditions encountered by any plant species; shallow soil, whipping winds, low rainfall, low temperatures. Despite this, the Bristlecone Pine is known to have the single oldest individual, non-clonal organisms in the world. There are specimens of Brisltecone pines that are...

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Massive End-Of-The-World Conspiracies

What is it about conspiracies? What is it about the unknowable that makes otherwise intelligent people believe the most far-fetched ideas regardless of the amount of information to the contrary? I have had my fair share of contact with people who believe that there is a “higher power” of some sort (human or supernatural) that is either plotting for the demise of humanity, or knows of the inevitable doom waiting for us just around the...

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