Are we living in the least violent times in history?

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by litewave, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    Hi Chiller

    An example of that is AIDS. Terrible disease out of nowhere.

    It has been said that making predictions are risky, especially about the future.

    When I make a prediction, metaphorically, I am putting my head on the block. However, I suspect that in 20 years plus, if my predictions are wrong, you won't be able to track me down anyway. He he.

    However, my optimistic view of the future is based primarily on recent history. Go back a few centuries and look at how life was for humans, and compare it to today. And realise that this improvement is a long term trend.

    Once, smallpox killed 500,000 people per year. Today it is extinct. Cholera killed hundreds of thousands in Europe. Now rare. Tuberculosis in the 19th century killed one third of the entire population of Europe. It is still around, but kills few in the west. Typhoid was once common and a major killer. Now rare.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic#Cholera

    Humans now live long enough for heart disease and cancer to be the major killers. Once, they were considered less important, purely because relatively few people lived long enough for them to be a major problem.

    I will stand by my assertion that life is better today than any time in history, and continues to improve.
     
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  3. Light Travelling It's a girl O lord in a flatbed Ford Registered Senior Member

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    I have to agree with this, Bells and others seem to be suggesting that the US has an obligation to trade with every country on the planet and if they don’t its murder.
     
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  5. Light Travelling It's a girl O lord in a flatbed Ford Registered Senior Member

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    As for the reduction in violence. It all depends about which part of the world you are living in now and which part of the world you are comparing it to in history.
     
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  7. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    as for the whole world, one word, no, this is not the least vilent, there's violence where ever any part in the world as in any time, maybe lesser, but, still there much much alot.
     
  8. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Um, Shadow
    That was the question.
    You've just disagreed with yourself.

    Is there less violence now than there used to be? (Overall).
     
  9. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    Less violence overall?
    Probably not. However, less violence per capita?
    Yes, absolutely.

    Most obvious is that deaths from violence in developed nations has dropped dramatically.

    The murder rate in Medieval England was 100 times that of England today. The USA is the worst of all developed nations today at 5 per 100,000 people per year, compared to 100 in Medieval times. Britain is only 1.

    Deaths from war each year have dropped substantially since WWII when seen on a global basis. It is kind of ironic that American deaths in Afghanistan through enemy action are outweighed by suicides.
     
  10. Emil Valued Senior Member

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    I think yes.
     
  11. Light Travelling It's a girl O lord in a flatbed Ford Registered Senior Member

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    We've never had it so good
     
  12. Shadow1 Valued Senior Member

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    hehehehe
    then i think my answer to the question is yes
     
  13. delhiteen Registered Member

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  14. veggiepatch Registered Senior Member

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    Violence has been mistaken for violent death in this thread. In Australia, there has been an increased frequency of violence in schools, on the streets and at sporting and related venues.

    These rarely result in death, only injury and disfigurement in many cases. Nevertheless, it is still violence.
     
  15. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Throughout history, the rate of deaths from violence has been so high that no one bothers to measure the rate of non-lethal violence. A mere 500 years ago, the murder rate in the big cities of Europe was 100 times what it is today.

    Still, even today violence is one of the top ten causes of death in many places, I'm sure in more than half of the world.

    Are these incidents of non-lethal violence in your country possibly correlated with alcohol consumption? They certainly are in mine.
     

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