The Origins of Violence
We’ve heard that human violence is on the rise, that it’s on the wane, that it’s hard-wired, and that it’s learned. But what do we really know about where violence comes from and how to stop it? Psychologist Steven Pinker, anthropologist Richard Wrangham, and crime writer Harold Schechter discuss the origins of mankind’s most troubling characteristic.
Steven Pinker is author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Viking, 2011) and a psychology professor at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Richard Wrangham is co-author of Demonic Males (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) and a biological anthropology professor at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Harold Schecter is author of Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment (St. Martin’s Press, 2005) and an American literature professor at Queens College of the City University of New York in New York, New York.
Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.