Where: CMU McConomy Auditorium (5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)
Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh
Join us for the Humanist League’s annual Carl Sagan Fest, a celebration of learning and reflection complete with apple pie! This year, Steven Pinker will receive the inaugural Sagan Award from CMU’s Humanism Initiative.
The event will be followed by a small reception in CUC Connan.
The past: Contrary to popular opinion, violence at all scales have been in decline over the course of history.
The present: Human nature comprises faculties that encourage violence, such as dominance and revenge, but also faculties that inhibit it, such as self-control, empathy, and reason. The level of violence in a given society depends on how its norms and institutions affect the balance between them.
The future: Professor Pinker speculates on which of the historical changes that reduced violence in the past will continue into the future.
Wednesday, November 2 at 5:00 PM