The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

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Penguin, Aug 26, 2003 - Psychology - 528 pages
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A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature.

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

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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.
 

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User Review  - XOX - LibraryThing

Human is not blank slate. The social scientists are wrong for so many years. The pure behaviors are also wrong. Skinner is wrong to assume that the human behaviors are shaped by the environment. Freud ... Read full review

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In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, 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 ... Read full review

Contents

PRAISE FOR The Blank Slate
The Blank Slate the Noble Savage and the Ghost
Fear and Loathing
Human Nature with a Human Face
Know Thyself
Hot Buttons
The Voice of the Species
AFTERWORD TO THE 2016 EDITION
Copyright

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Steven Pinker is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers.

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