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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

10 minutes
How and why humanity is improving.

Stories of hate crimes, mass incarceration, and religious violence dominate the daily news. In the face of this overwhelming volume of violence, how can one believe that the world is actually becoming less violent? In this Snapshot, you’ll learn the statistics and arguments that posit that human civilization has become less violent, as well as why many people believe false narratives about violence. You’ll also explore the qualities that we can cultivate to further reduce violent behavior.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in the history of human civilization
  • Worry about the state of the world
  • Want to learn about the cultural changes that have made the world a less violent place
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