Via Zeitnot, Steven Pinker on the Decline of Violence
“Our ancestors were far more violent than we are.” We’re probably living in the most peaceful time of our species’ existence, a statement that seems almost obscene in light of Darfur and Iraq.
The decline of violence, he tells us, is a fractal phenomenon – we see it over the centuries, the decades and the years. That said, we see a tipping point in the 16th century – the age of reason – particularly in England and Holland.
I wonder what that professor would make of this
Coca-Cola should drop the ‘coca,’ Bolivia growers say, because “coca is sacred”.
Coke has some 70 clean-water projects in 40 countries, a service it hopes will eventually boost local economies and broaden its consumer base. But the efforts are also part of a broader strategy under Chairman and Chief Executive E. Neville Isdell to build Coke’s image as a local benefactor and global diplomat. “You have to be an integral and functioning part both in perception and reality in every community in which you operate,” he said in an interview.
Arab Feminist Soft Sell of Hezbollah at the International Museum of Women.
Because women need an international museum.
In a lighter note,
Over at the BBCA broadcast, they had a report on French electoral polling of pets. Dogs were for Sarko, cats for Sego. I wondered what Marvin and Maynard would say, but then, Marvin and Maynard are not French. Marvin’s blogging – go check it out.
Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back — do not play dead.
If Bear Grylls attacks, however, expect an entirely different reaction.
Right now I’m listening to some of the most beautiful music man has created,