Pinker’s ‘progress’ – and the Ukraine war In 2011, the psychology professor Steven Pinker wrote a book which attracted a lot of attention. It was entitled The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined. His thesis was fascinating. The central idea, as summarised by The New York Times on its publication was that ‘our era is less violent, less cruel and more peaceful than any previous period of human existence’. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.