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Democracy: Still the worst kind of government except all the other kinds

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 on bigthink.com

Now in practice, says Steven Pinker, “no one has ever developed a democracy that works particularly well if judged in absolute...

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Against chaos: The world is a hard place, but maybe humans aren’t to blame

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 on bigthink.com

When we see problems in the world, we’re quick to blame someone–anyone–who should be providing peace, love, and harmony:...

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Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 on ted.com

Was 2017 really the “worst year ever,” as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war,...

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Does everyone have the same values? Yes, but libertarianism isn’t one of them.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 on bigthink.com

Is conflict humanity’s natural state? Could we ever agree on a set of values? The knee-jerk response for any student of history...

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Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 on theguardian.com

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