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The third problem with this notion is that it mixes in unsavoury depictions of the past - such as in the 'Middle Ages' in Europe, and the beginnings of Industrialisation - as if it was always like this. In his book, 'Better Angels,' Steven Pinker, for example, snobbishly objects to the Middle Ages in Europe on the grounds that "habits of refinement, self-control, and consideration that are second nature to us had to be acquired", and that people then, "were, in a word, gross." How we all lol-ed at that clever quip during the university cocktail party.
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 05:49:47 PM EST
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