The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
"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 mindá 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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This is an amazingly good book that really catches you off guard. It discusses the science of genetics and the politics behind why this information isn't better understood by the general public or even by many professionals. It's interesting and thought provoking, the kind of book you find yourself talking about after you read a chapter. It hits on "hot button" topics like parenting and feminism. The writing style is engaging and witty. It is however a long book and the first section is a little rough to get through. But it's well worth sticking with as it gets more and more interesting the more you read.