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Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: The Better Angels of our Nature

Sunday, July 28, 2013 | Other Dates  
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Are you interested in exploring the vast mysteries of the cosmos, understanding human evolutionary history or talking about the long-term future of the planet earth? These topics and more will be discussed in Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, a book club that reads and discusses popular science books published within the last five years.

Join us for a discussion of The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker. From the prolific writer on human nature comes an examination of the psychology and history of violence and nonviolence. Despite the constant onslaught of human-inflicted catastrophes such as the Newtown school massacre, civil wars in Mali and Syria, and concurrent wars waged by the U.S. in the past decade, Pinker argues that in the grand scheme of things, violence is on the wane. The Harvard University professor looks at the most violent peoples and places, advances in human reason, and how women might have had an effect on the drop in violence.

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Event fee: Free
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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