"A bold scientific humanist vision combined with the microcosm of life sciences."
In 2006 Dr. Pinker was invited to write an essay on the theme “What Are You Optimistic About?” His answer: “The decline of violence.” [ED note: you can see his answer to the Edge question here].
The reaction to the essay was swift and surprising. “I started hearing from scholars from fields that I was barely aware of, saying, ‘There’s much more evidence on this trend than you were aware of,’ ” he said. [more]
.....A winning combination of good writers, good science and serious broader concerns. (Starred Review, November 15, 2011).