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What the West Lost: Berlinski on Human Nature


On a new episode of ID the Future, mathematician, polymath, and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David Berlinski concludes a two-part conversation with Jonathan Witt about Berlinski’s new book Human Nature. Today he talks about what we’ve sadly lost from the West, disputing secularists’ optimistic claims that we’re less violent than medieval Europeans were. Download the episode or listen to it here.

From his home next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, he also muses on the recent catastrophic fire and contemporary France’s inability to build anything like the great cathedral. Re-construct, yes — though even that may lie beyond the collective will of France. Create, no.

Photo: Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, by manhhai, via Flickr (cropped).

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