Inside of this world
The consequence is that in Figure 5-6, two armed conflicts stand out for their deadliness: The First and Second World Wars. But as this confutes the declining-violence-half of Pinker’s narrative, he urges readers to “Cover up the two outliers with your thumb” in order to produce the impression he wants to sustain: That the alleged “randomness” of these wars renders their timing and deadliness irrelevant to understanding them. Voila! The two World Wars were “statistical illusions.” (via Steven Pinker on the Alleged Decline of Violence | Dissident Voice)

The consequence is that in Figure 5-6, two armed conflicts stand out for their deadliness: The First and Second World Wars. But as this confutes the declining-violence-half of Pinker’s narrative, he urges readers to “Cover up the two outliers with your thumb” in order to produce the impression he wants to sustain: That the alleged “randomness” of these wars renders their timing and deadliness irrelevant to understanding them. Voila! The two World Wars were “statistical illusions.” (via Steven Pinker on the Alleged Decline of Violence | Dissident Voice)