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Pinker thesis

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Pinker’s thesis is indeed a bit odd, but the jury is still out. The evidence of the twentieth century is decisively against Pinker. And his Darwinism is sure to confuse his analysis.

So, if we consider the eonic effect, we can make cautious observations about progress, if not ‘moral’ progress, which is altogether more complex, and unlikely. Yet even with the latter we can set up a deliberate expectation, to see how the future comes out.
Note this point: the jury is still out. We need more than the five thousand years of civilization since Egypt/Sumer.
In terms of the eonic effect, we see dramatic improvements, then too often frittered away as the system advances, then moves backwards. That effect is part of the confusion of modernity, which is undergoing a retrograde postmodern chaotification.
But the eonic effect shows clear jumps in moral action: the best example is the achievement, at long last, of general abolition of slavery. That’s a real advance.
The question of violence then is not answerable in the current time frame. We need to be able to look back on much more historical evolution.

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