Are we living in the most peaceful period in humanity’s existence? Watching the daily news makes this seem improbable. But that is the assertion made by Steven Pinker in his provocative, best-selling book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Penguin Books, 2012). In his continuing exploration of human nature, Pinker documents in detail on how violence has declined over the long stretch of human history. He examines those elements of human nature that incline us toward violence, explodes many myths about violence, and shows us how an increasingly enlightened world has allowed our “better angels” to prevail. Bill Gates referred to it as “One of the most important books I’ve read — not just this year, but ever.” Join us to explore Pinker’s masterful and witty blending of psychology and history and share your view of his conclusions.