I actually didn't finish this one- I wish there were an option for "set aside for now"- because it reminded me too much of the controversy I lived through in my college days in the late 90s. While I agree with Pinker's position (and loved his Better Angels of Our Nature
) I had no wish to relive those very stressful days of being a staunch moderate in an extremely radical English department. In this book, Pinker makes cogent all those arguments that some of us amateurishly tried to use against the more powerful radical establishment of the day, and while I wish I'd known of this book then, I have no real desire to rehash it all now.
Thank god for being a grownup.