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Baba Brinkman
Rap Artist / Playwright

Affiliation with UVic English: Alumni

Special Book: The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker

When did you first read this book: November 2011

Which sentence from this book has special significance for you?

“In the years since the ascendancy of the women’s movement, the chance that a man would be killed by his wife, ex-wife, or girlfriend has fallen sixfold. Since there was no campaign to end violence against men during this period, and since women in general are the less homicidal sex, the likeliest explanation is that a woman was apt to kill an abusive husband or boyfriend when he threatened to harm her if she left.”

What does the sentence mean to you?

I loved this book for its utterly surprising but perfectly reasonable findings. Pinker sets out to investigate a mystery about why crime statistics are lower now than they used to be, and ends up with a near paradigm shift, a vast new scientifically-informed perspective on war, violence, rape, homicide, genocide, everything right down to spanking and animal rights.

And the good news is, almost everything is better than we think.