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War! What Is It Good For? Violence and Civilization, From Primates to Robots
Event Status: Updated
Modified Date: 1/15/2014
Start Date: 2/11/2014
End Date: 2/11/2014
Event Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Title: War! What Is It Good For? Violence and Civilization, From Primates to Robots
Location: Eleanor Roosevelt College
Event Category: Conference/Meetings/Workshops
Sponsor: IICAS, European Studies Program, Nicholas Family Endowed Chair and the Humanities Group
Open to Public: YES
Admission Cost: Free
Other Fee Desc:
Contact Name: Carissa Gaw
Contact Phone: (858) 822-5297 Ext.
Contact Email: iicas-events@ucsd.edu
Description: IICAS - The Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies presents: Ian Morris Willard Professor of Classics and Archaeology Stanford University "War! What Is It Good For? Violence And Civilization, From Primates To Robots" Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Bldg (ERC), Room 115. Register at: http://iicas.ucsd.edu/lecture-series/registration.html Stone Age people stood a 1 in 10 or even a 1 in 5 chance of dying violently, but in the 20th century--despite two world wars, the use of nuclear weapons, and multiple genocides--the risk of violent death had fallen to between 1 in 50 and 1 in 100. The explanation is both shocking and uncomfortable: War, and war alone, has created bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments that have stamped out internal violence. The greatest paradox in human history is that killing has made the world safer, and this safety has allowed people to make the world richer too. The patterns of the last 15,000 years suggest that the 21st century will be the most dangerous in history--but once we understand what war has been good for, we can begin to see where it will take us next. Ian Morris is Willard Professor of Classics and Archaeology at Stanford University. He has directed excavations in Italy and Greece, written six books and edited six more, and served at Stanford as Chair of Classics, Director of the Archaeology Center, and Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences. He is currently a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and his next book, War! What is it Good For? Violence and the Progress of Civilization, from Primates to Robots will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in April 2014. More info: http://iicas.ucsd.edu/lecture-series/european-studies.html Sponsored by IICAS, the European Studies Program, Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History and The State in Transformation/Center for Humanities Group. Event questions: iicas-events@ucsd.edu http://iicas.ucsd.edu

 
 
 
 

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