Letters to the Editor

Safer world

March 23, 2012

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To the editor:

Beginning with the Enlightenment (Age of Reason) of the 1700s, violence has been declining throughout much of the world. The U.S. has been no exception, and since 1992, the homicide rate has declined by nearly 50 percent, to the lowest level since 1963. At the same time, physical abuse of children has declined by 56 percent. Even the number of deaths per 100,000 due to war is decreasing. Sure, there are spikes in violence, such as World War II and the U.S. homicide surge during the 1980s, but the overall, long-term trend is downward.

Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker’s extensive research has identified this trend and he advances several reasons in his book “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” The primary one is our enhanced powers of reasoning that allow abstract reasoning. In all probability this positive trend will continue into the future, and we will all benefit from an ever-safer world.

Comments

abit_pssd 3 years, 2 months ago

Geez, I had a complaint yesterday and had one response from LJW about this stupid "CRAVE" paper that ends up in my mailbox. It came from that forum where people are asked questions from random places in Lawrence with their picture.....Same complaint today. Why am I complaining? Tell you the truth am not a "Green" person but am sick of the waste of postage and stupid coupons that fall out of this stupid paper. PLEASE STOP.

I did get a reply from someone from LJW but I have no idea who this person is. My reply:

"Hi. I just checked and someone named Alex emailed me to try to help me out. However, he/she wanted to know my email address to forward to someone higher up.

...Thanks for the "help" Al......However, that stinks. You tell ME who to ask for, Please. I think I can take care of it from there. I really do not like getting that stupid "CRAVE" in my mailbox - not a door hanger".

Any suggestions???

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 2 months ago

Two mg Xanax every 2 hours or 5 mg Klonopin every 12 hours should help.

Ragingbear 3 years, 2 months ago

And Ritalin. Lots and Lots of Ritalin ~Dr. Wes Fraudshaw

Jimo 3 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if I submitted an anecdote about my dog barking at a squirrel this morning whether the LJW would publish it as an LTE?

Armstrong 3 years, 2 months ago

Would probably be one of your better posts !

Liberty275 3 years, 2 months ago

"The primary one is our enhanced powers of reasoning that allow abstract reasoning"

We don't have enhanced powers of reasoning. For thousands of years, humans have physically remained of similar intellect and ability to reason. All we have done is learn what is dumb and what isn't (mostly).

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