The Past, Present and Future of Violence Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University. Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, will share his views about: The past: Contrary to popular opinion, violence at all scales has been in decline over the course of history. The present: Human nature comprises faculties that encourage violence, such as dominance and revenge, but also faculties that inhibit it, such as self-control, empathy, and reason. The level of violence in a given society depends on how its norms and institutions affect the balance between them. The future: Professor Pinker speculates on which of the historical changes that reduced violence in the past will continue into the future.
The event is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University’s Humanist League. It is free and open to the public.