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The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In [this book, the author] explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. He shows how many intellectuals have denied the existence of human nature by embracing three linked dogmas: the Blank Slate (the mind has no innate traits), the Noble Savage (people are born good and corrupted by society), and the Ghost in the Machine (each of us has a soul that makes choices free from  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
OCLC Number: 50995989
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking, ©2002.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: 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 --
Fear and loathing: Political scientists; Holy trinity --
Human nature with a human face: Fear of inequality; Fear of imperfectibility; Fear of determinism; Fear of nihilism; In touch with reality; Out of our depths; Many roots of our suffering; Sanctimonious animal --
Hot buttons: Politics; Violence; Gender; Children; The arts --
Voice of the species --
Appendixes: Donald E. Brown's list of human universals.
Responsibility: Steven Pinker.

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In [this book, the author] explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. He shows how many intellectuals have denied the existence of human nature by embracing three linked dogmas: the Blank Slate (the mind has no innate traits), the Noble Savage (people are born good and corrupted by society), and the Ghost in the Machine (each of us has a soul that makes choices free from biology). Each dogma carries a moral burden, so their defenders have engaged in desperate tactics to discredit the scientists who are now challenging them. [The author] injects calm and rationality into these debates by showing that equality, progress, responsibility, and purpose have nothing to fear from discoveries about a rich human nature.-Dust jacket.

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