Pinker thinks that things are getting better (Better Angels) all the time but Berlinski says, nah!, no real change:
From the publisher at Amazon:
Conventional wisdom holds that the murder rate has plummeted since the Middle Ages; humankind is growing more peaceful and enlightened; man is shortly to be much improved—better genes, better neural circuits, better biochemistry; and we are approaching a technological singularity that well may usher in utopia. Human Nature eviscerates these and other doctrines of a contemporary nihilism masquerading as science. In this wide-ranging work polymath David Berlinski draws upon history, mathematics, logic, and literature to retrain our gaze on an old truth many are eager to forget: there is and will be about the human condition beauty, nobility, and moments of sublime insight, yes, but also ignorance and depravity. Men are not about to become like gods.
If you live long enough, you will see more of who is right.
See also: Is Violence Really Declining, As Cognitive Psychologist Steven Pinker Claims?
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