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Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading authorities on language and the mind and author of the books The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, and How the Mind Works, discusses latest book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker explores the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he argues, is to understand our intrinsic motives—the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away.

This event is presented in partnership with the Illinois Science Council.

Recorded Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Harold Washington Library Center.

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