The past, present, and future of violence

Award-winning author Steven Pinker from Harvard University closed off the 2015 Forum for Economic Dialogue with a tour de force on the history of conflict and violence, presenting an absolutely impressive amount of historical data that historians, criminologists, economists, anthropologists, and other researchers had been collecting and producing over the past few decades. The main message that this data conveys is that violence has been in decline over millennia and that – completely contrary to the picture we get in the media and in public discourse – the present is probably the most peaceful time in the history of the human species.