Enlightenment Now
Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress By Pinker, Steven, 1954- Book - 2018

The vulnerability of any embodied agent to violence explains why the callous, egotistic, megalomaniacal sociopath cannot remain disengaged from the arena of moral discourse (and its demand for impartiality and nonviolence) forever. If he refuses to play the game of morality, then in the eyes of everyone else he has become a mindless menace, like a germ, a wildfire, or a rampaging wolverine -- something to be neutralized by brute force, no question asked. (As Hobbes put it, "No covenants with beasts.")

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