The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
The Modern Denial of Human Nature

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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 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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Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is the author of seven books, including The Blank Slate.
 
Published August 26, 2003 by Penguin Books. 525 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, History, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Psychologists believe that the human personality is variable in only five general dimensions, each governed by genetics: “we are to varying degrees introverted or extroverted, neurotic or stable, incurious or open to experience, agreeable or antagonistic, and conscientious or undirected.” (A shy,...

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The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker Allen Lane £25, pp509 Here is an intriguing question.

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The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker 434pp, Allen Lane, £25 This is really two books in one, which may be why it is rather long.

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Patheos

Dennett gets accused of behaviorism sometimes, and if you know about Dennett and know about behaviorism, it’s easy to see why.

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The New York Review of Books

Speaking of contradictions, Orr writes both that I expose “the undeniable excesses of Blank Slate enthusiasts” and that “the Blank Slate he assails is something few people believe in.” In fact TBS contains a paper trail on writers in many fields who profess a belief in the Blank Slate.1 Orr is i...

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New York Magazine

Steven Pinker aims to make the world safe for genetic scientists.

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He also assumes that "the blank slate" thesis entails the assumption that all human beings have equal traits, abilities, potential ("a blank slate is a blank slate is a blank slate").

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