Part Three of The Current
Steven Pinker on why violence is declining
We've all been struck speechless by the violence and atrocity of the past decades. Places like Rwanda, Iraq, Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and the World Trade Centre are synonymous with murder and cruelty. Hourly newscasts and the warnings of politicians seem to confirm perceptions that we live in dangerous times.
Our next guest argues those perceptions are wrong ... and they blind us to the fact that human society has never been so peaceful. Montreal native Steven Pinker is one of the world's most influential students of human nature. He's an award-winning author and the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His new book is The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Steven Pinker joined us in our Toronto studio.
Last Word - The Voice on Crime
We've been talking today about the decline of violent crime in Canada. The Voice has seen the latest statistics -- and he's horrified. We gave him the Last Word.
Other segments from today's show: