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The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2002.
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"In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
ISBN: 0142003344 9780142003343 0670031518 9780670031511 9780140276053 014027605X
OCLC Number: 53356050
Awards: Short-listed for Aventis Prize for Science Books 2003
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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