The Blank Slate

The Blank Slate

The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Book - 2002
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A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature from the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and the forthcoming Enlightenment Now

"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read..also highly persuasive." -Time

Now updated with a new afterword

One of the world's leading experts on language and the mind explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2002
ISBN: 9780142003343
9780670031511
0670031518
Branch Call Number: 155.234 Pin
Characteristics: xvi, 509 p. : ill

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morrisonist Mar 29, 2016

he said that men do not fall in love. this is absolutely false

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stewstealth
Mar 01, 2013

A review on the nature versus nurture debate. This book was like preaching to the choir for me so it was easy to enjoy. I believe that Mr. Pinker has laid out a strong argument against the Blank Slate, Noble Savage and Ghost in the Machine theories. If you believe in them then this book probably own't convince you. If you don't know the debate and are intellectually curious about it then this is a good book to read.

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bobozoula
Feb 16, 2013

Very boring...
Pinker is not a neuroscientist and uses far too many words to describe simple ideas that neuroscience can explain in a far clearer way.
Just read the first chapter and close the book.

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2003 Pulitzer prize for non-fiction.

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