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Pinker’s Take on Scientism


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After an enjoyable 2-month break, I find myself again mentally preparing for a fall semester of teaching. My classes almost invariably begin with a discussion intended to clarify the differences between opinions, reasons, and objective evidence. During these lectures, I also offer a contrast between what is commonly regarded as science, versus the more pejorative […]

The Supposed Decline of Violence


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In his recent book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker suggests that violence has been in steep decline over the last 20 years and argues that this drop in violence is the result of our being increasingly more rational creatures, capable of seeing the ‘futility’ of violence, while also developing more civilized ways […]