Today, something completely different.
In a frankly amazing article/report, scientist Steven Pinker -- perhaps best known for writing about the brain and language -- has gone some great distance toward proving something that seems kind of intuitively false: which is that we are all now living in one of the most peaceful periods in human history and that violence itself is trending massively downward.
I know, I know, it seems unlikely. But the man has statistics! Despite all the wars we hear about everyday (and for the past couple thousand days), Pinker's data seems to indicate that, charted over history's long course, humans are growing more civilized and more peaceful.
It's certainly disputable. Frankly, given that something like 200 million people died violently in the 20th century, i...