Harvard psychologist and linguist Stephen Pinker believes violence around the world is in decline. He wrote the award-winning book about the subject entitled The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Such a concept is at the core of the musical Futurity. In the musical, the question is asked: can a machine be created to instigate and implement peace?
The decline of violence is such an important concept to this piece of theater, the University of Massachusetts historian Professor Joshua S. Goldstein will be delivering a FEED talk about this very subject after the October 17th performance. Everyone is welcoem to attend after the matinee performance. The start time of the talk is 4:30pm.
Pinker delivered an insightful TED talk about the decline of violence. Do watch it if you’d like insight into the roots of Futurity.
Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on vision, language, and social relations has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received eight honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate,and The Better Angels of Our Nature. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,”Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”