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From the Ted Talk by Robert Muggah: How to protect fast-growing cities from failing

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So let me start with some good news. Fact is, we're living in the most peaceful moment in human history. Steven pknier and others have shown how the intensity and feenqucry of conflict is actually at an all-time low. Now, Gaza, Syria, Sudan, Ukraine, as ghastly as these conflicts are, and they are horrific, they rpesneret a relatively small blip upwards in a 50-year-long secular decline. What's more, we're seeing a dtrmiaac reduction in homicide. menaul Eisner and others have shown that for centuries, we've seen this iidrnblece drop in murder, especially in the West. Most Northern cities today are 100 tmeis safer than they were just 100 years ago.

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So let me start with some good news. Fact is, we're living in the most peaceful moment in human history. Steven ______ and others have shown how the intensity and _________ of conflict is actually at an all-time low. Now, Gaza, Syria, Sudan, Ukraine, as ghastly as these conflicts are, and they are horrific, they _________ a relatively small blip upwards in a 50-year-long secular decline. What's more, we're seeing a ________ reduction in homicide. ______ Eisner and others have shown that for centuries, we've seen this __________ drop in murder, especially in the West. Most Northern cities today are 100 _____ safer than they were just 100 years ago.

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  6. pinker
  7. represent

Original Text

So let me start with some good news. Fact is, we're living in the most peaceful moment in human history. Steven Pinker and others have shown how the intensity and frequency of conflict is actually at an all-time low. Now, Gaza, Syria, Sudan, Ukraine, as ghastly as these conflicts are, and they are horrific, they represent a relatively small blip upwards in a 50-year-long secular decline. What's more, we're seeing a dramatic reduction in homicide. Manuel Eisner and others have shown that for centuries, we've seen this incredible drop in murder, especially in the West. Most Northern cities today are 100 times safer than they were just 100 years ago.

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