Welcome

My Quotes in The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

33 Kuotes | 50 Books

Search:


Import Kindle clippings easily

Beta status: Bulk Kuote import!!!!

Log in & Sign in using:

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Steven Pinker
Oscar Wilde?s prophecy that ?as long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.?
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 5533-34 | Added on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 04:35 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
Preferential attachment is also known as accumulated advantage, the-rich-get-richer, and the Matthew Effect, after the passage in Matthew 25:29 that Billie Holiday summarized as ?Them that?s got shall get, them that?s not shall lose.?
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 4859-60 | Added on Saturday, July 13, 2013, 02:06 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
What are the odds of going from a small war, say, with 1,000 deaths, to a medium-size war, with 10,000 deaths? It?s the same as the odds of going from a medium-size war of 10,000 deaths to a large war of 100,000 deaths, or from a large war of 100,000 deaths to a historically large war of 1 million deaths, or from a historic war to a world war.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 4833-35 | Added on Saturday, July 13, 2013, 02:03 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
with every tenfold jump in the death toll of a war, you can expect to find about a third as many of them.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 4768-69 | Added on Saturday, July 13, 2013, 01:57 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
This cognitive illusion was first noted in 1968 by the mathematician William Feller in his classic textbook on probability: ?To the untrained eye, randomness appears as regularity or tendency to cluster.? 33
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 4601-3 | Added on Thursday, July 11, 2013, 10:34 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
In his book The Expanding Circle, the philosopher Peter Singer has argued that over the course of history, people have enlarged the range of beings whose interests they value as they value their own. 136 An interesting question is what inflated the empathy circle. And a good candidate is the expansion of literacy.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 4001-3 | Added on Tuesday, July 09, 2013, 10:03 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
The growth of writing and literacy strikes me as the best candidate for an exogenous change that helped set off the Humanitarian Revolution.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 3994-95 | Added on Tuesday, July 09, 2013, 10:02 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
The word slave comes from Slav, because, as the dictionary informs us, ?Slavic peoples were widely captured and enslaved during the Middle Ages.?
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 3527-28 | Added on Monday, July 08, 2013, 09:39 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
The essence of a culture of honor is that it does not sanction predatory or instrumental violence, but only retaliation after an insult or other mistreatment. The psychologists Richard Nisbett and Dov Cohen have shown that this mindset continues to pervade southern laws, politics, and attitudes. 90 Southerners do not outkill northerners in homicides carried out during robberies, they found, only in those sparked by quarrels.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 2340-43 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 12:57 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
In Europe, first the state disarmed the people and claimed a monopoly on violence, then the people took over the apparatus of the state. In America, the people took over the state before it had forced them to lay down their arms?which, as the Second Amendment famously affirms, they reserve the right to keep and bear. In other words Americans, and especially Americans in the South and West, never fully signed on to a social contract that would vest the government with a monopoly on the legitimate use of force.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 2317-21 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 12:55 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
Even if you subtract all the killings with firearms and count only the ones with rope, knives, lead pipes, wrenches, candlesticks, and so on, Americans commit murders at a higher rate than Europeans. 75
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 2224-26 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 12:46 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
free market puts a premium on empathy. 38 A good businessperson has to keep the customers satisfied or a competitor will woo them away, and the more customers he attracts, the richer he will be. This idea, which came to be called doux commerce (gentle commerce), was expressed by the economist Samuel Ricard in 1704:
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1908-10 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 12:20 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
culture of honor?the readiness to take revenge?gave way to a culture of dignity?the readiness to control one?s emotions.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1808-9 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 12:09 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
boor (which originally just meant ?farmer,? as in the German Bauer and Dutch boer); villain (from the French vilein, a serf or villager); churlish (from English churl, a commoner); vulgar (common, as in the term vulgate); and ignoble, not an aristocrat.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1778-80 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 12:06 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
the emotion of disgust evolved as an unconscious defense against biological contamination. 24
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1771-72 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 12:05 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
As Europe became more urban, cosmopolitan, commercial, industrialized, and secular, it got safer and safer.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1656-57 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 11:56 AM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
In the earlier centuries the upper and lower social classes engaged in homicide at comparable rates. But as the homicide rate fell, it dropped far more precipitously among the upper classes than among the lower ones, an important social change to which we will return. 10
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1638-40 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 11:54 AM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
When I surveyed perceptions of violence in an Internet questionnaire, people guessed that 20th-century England was about 14 percent more violent than 14th-century England. In fact it was 95 percent less violent.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1589-91 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 11:50 AM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
moral change: a shift from valuing souls to valuing lives. The doctrine of the sacredness of the soul sounds vaguely uplifting, but in fact is highly malignant. It discounts life on earth as just a temporary phase that people pass through, indeed, an infinitesimal fraction of their existence. Death becomes a mere rite of passage, like puberty or a midlife crisis.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 3328-31 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 10:26 PM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes
the first Leviathans solved one problem but created another. People were less likely to become victims of homicide or casualties of war, but they were now under the thumbs of tyrants, clerics, and kleptocrats. This gives us the more sinister sense of the word pacification: not just the bringing about of peace but the imposition of absolute control by a coercive government.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker - Highlight Loc. 1554-56 | Added on Sunday, July 07, 2013, 10:22 AM
Permalink Share Paper Clasic Modern +Kuotes

's Books


Instapaper: Monday, Apr. 22 Instapaper 43 Kuotes Juego de tronos George R.r. Martin 58 Kuotes Focus Goleman, Daniel 111 Kuotes You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises Lauren, Mark 77 Kuotes Capitulo_2_Usabilidad_v1_0 36 Kuotes La tabla rasa Pinker, Steven 57 Kuotes Actas VIII. AIH. Realismo histórico y social de la Diana de Jorge de Montemayor. BRUNO M. DAMIANI Autor desconocido 36 Kuotes Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder Taleb, Nassim Nicholas 68 Kuotes Darcy Ribeiro_O Povo Brasileiro Tiago Mali 196 Kuotes PB004.5 Ismeretlen 73 Kuotes CLUSTERS PNUD 38 Kuotes Redalyc.La difícil articulación entre políticas universales y programas focalizados. Etnografía institucional del programa Bolsa Familia de Brasil Felipe Hevia de la Jara 34 Kuotes The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World Frans Johansson 106 Kuotes ZAMBRANO_Tres Tipos de Saber del Profesor editor@eduteka.org 49 Kuotes The Rough Guide to Ireland Rough Guide to... 38 Kuotes Calder%80%A0%A6%F3n%20y%20Szmukler%20-%20Cultura%20pol%80%A0%A6%EDtica%20y%20desarrollo Calderon 34 Kuotes Frankenstein Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft 35 Kuotes SEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA CAMBIOS QUINUA EXPORTACIÓN 54 Kuotes El manual del estratega: Los cinco estilos de hacer estrategia Spanish Edition 469 Kuotes FI_laptop-initiatives-summary-of-research-across-six-states editor@eduteka.org 41 Kuotes Gobernanza-para-el-desarrollo-economico web 44 Kuotes Especial OMC Boletim Meridiano 47 39 Kuotes Mirza. oportunidades de expansión parteIIIcap3 54 Kuotes Aprendiendo A Quererse A Sí Mismo Walter Riso 77 Kuotes Time, space, quantity in the Brain Mikael Skagenholt 66 Kuotes Didáctica Magna Comenio, Juan Amós 101 Kuotes Redalyc.La difícil articulación entre políticas universales y programas focalizados. Etnografía institucional del programa Bolsa Familia de Brasil Felipe Hevia de la Jara 34 Kuotes O Brasil e as Nações Unidas Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg 57 Kuotes Inferno Dan Brown 35 Kuotes ttmik Ignacio 31 Kuotes Redalyc.Antropología y Derechos Humanos: multiculturalismo, retos y resignificaciones Alejandro BAER Marie José DEVILLARD 46 Kuotes MERCADO COCA ARGENTINA 32 Kuotes Instapaper: Tuesday, Jun. 26 Instapaper 43 Kuotes Instapaper: Sunday, Feb. 3 Instapaper 43 Kuotes 1984 George Orwell 59 Kuotes Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson 220 Kuotes Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Joshua FOER 40 Kuotes KindlePB1 summa 249 Kuotes Documento_Conclusivo_Puebla 1 83 Kuotes Pobreza. Un Glosario internacionall CLACSO 387 Kuotes Ante el dolor de los demás Sontag, Susan 85 Kuotes Hermann Hesse para desorientados Allan Percy 37 Kuotes 48biljeske Luka 217 Kuotes Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think Mayer-Schonberger, Viktor;Cukier, Kenneth 176 Kuotes Kindle4RSS - Aug 13 Kindle4rss 31 Kuotes ETICA Y LIDERAZGO EMPRESARIAL GBosch 32 Kuotes FINANCIAMIENTO Y GESTIÓN DE LA EDUCACIÓN EN AMÉRICA LATINA Y EL CARIBE. SÍNTESIS CEPAL/UNESCO 48 Kuotes KindleWHite summa 69 Kuotes Instapaper: Monday, Sep. 2nd Instapaper 32 Kuotes Clase 7 13 de agosto: La evaluación de políticas públicas 54 Kuotes