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The Better Angels of Our Nature – Steven Pinker

We are surrounded by signs of the depravity of our ancestors’ way of life, but we are barely aware of them. Whatever causes violence, it is not a perennial urge like hunger, sex, or the need to sleep The Better Angels of Our Nature has been on my reading list basically since it came out, […]

Some thoughts on the good and the evil of human nature in fiction

According to Dark Helmet, “evil will always triumph because good is dumb.”1 Of course, Dark Helmet himself is bumbling, which results in the eventual triumph of the good guys, led by Lone Starr. Thus, Dark Helmet is wrong. Evil does not triumph, despite the overwhelming numbers and technology of the bad guys (Lone Starr flies […]