"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read... also highly persuasive." —Michael Lemonick, Time
A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature.
"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read. . .also highly persuasive." —Time
Now updated with a new afterword
One of the world's leading experts on language and the mind explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.
Every year the eminent psychology professor updates the 100 graphs that appeared in his 2011 book The Better Angels of Our Nature, showing that every form of violence is in decline. Here are his latest findings.