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-When many people discuss social change, they tend to use a particular language which sounds neutral, but actually has a lot of baggage. One example of this is the "TED talk" given by Steven Pinker and [[1002:​1.2|discussed in the Wednesday lecture of Week 1]]. Pinker suggests that over history, human societies have become more peaceful. He assumes that all societies develop over time, which is true, but that this development always goes along the same route, and ends up at the same destination. Any kind of social change is thus somehow related to this inexorable movement forward to a better future. I call this kind of fallacy "the trap of moderism" because it assumes that all societies are reaching toward the same thing, modernity. ​+When many people discuss social change, they tend to use a particular language which sounds neutral, but actually has a lot of baggage. One example of this is the "TED talk" given by Steven Pinker and [[1002:​1.2|discussed in the Wednesday lecture of Week 1]]. Pinker suggests that over history, human societies have become more peaceful. He assumes that all societies develop over time, which is true, but that this development always goes along the same route, and ends up at the same destination. Any kind of social change is thus somehow related to this inexorable movement forward to a better future. I call this kind of fallacy "the trap of modernism" because it assumes that all societies are reaching toward the same thing, modernity. ​
  
 In fact, they aren'​t. All societies change, but no two societies end up in the same place. ​ In fact, they aren'​t. All societies change, but no two societies end up in the same place. ​
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