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The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a study of the nature versus nurture debate, one of the world's foremost experts on language and the mind explores the modern self-denial of our basic human natures.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
ISBN: 0670031518 9780670031511 0965491730 9780965491730 0142003344 9780142003343
OCLC Number: 49320481
Description: xvi, 509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: PART I. The blank slate, the noble savage, and the ghost in the machine --
Official theory --
Silly putty --
Last wall to fall --
Culture vultures --
Slate's last stand --
PART II. Fear and loathing --
Political scientists --
Holy trinity --
PART III. Human nature with a human face --
Fear of inequality --
Fear of imperfectibility --
Fear of determinism --
Fear of nihilism --
PART IV. Know thyself --
In touch with reality --
Out of our depths --
Many roots of our suffering --
Sanctimonious animal --
PART V. Hot buttons --
Politics --
Violence --
Gender --
Children --
Arts --
PART VI. Voice of the species --
Appendix: Donald E. Brown's list of human universals.
Responsibility: Steven Pinker.
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In a study of the nature versus nurture debate, one of the world's foremost experts on language and the mind explores the modern self-denial of our basic human natures.

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