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The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 it's 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 perferences,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)68676764
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
ISBN: 9781429514484 1429514485 9781429521833 142952183X 9780141925912 0141925914
OCLC Number: 437972055
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 509 pages) : illustrations
Contents: pt. 1. The blank slate, the noble savage, and the ghost in the machine. The official theory --
Silly putty --
The last wall to fall --
Culture vultures --
The slate's last stand --
pt. 2. Fear and loathing. Political scientists --
The holy trinity --
pt. 3. Human nature with a human face. The fear of inequality --
The fear of imperfectibility --
The fear of determinism --
The fear of nihilism --
pt. 4. Know thyself. In touch with reality --
Out of our depths --
The many roots of our suffering --
The sanctimonious animal --
pt. 5. Hot buttons. Politics --
Violence --
Gender --
Children --
The arts --
pt. 6. The voice of the species --
Appendix: Donald E. Brown's list of human universals.
Responsibility: Steven Pinker.

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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 it's 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 perferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

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