The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

bySteven Pinker
Rating 8.5 /10 Readability
Read Time 18 hrs Readible On
Published: 2003Read: October 30, 2014Pages: 528
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by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni

The Blank Slate, by Dr. Pinker, will have you think about and question how the human identity and intelligence forms at the point of birth going through the experiences of life. The idea of human nature or lack of has been debated throughout history and has had profound implications on laws, religion, politics, education, other societal interactions and how we view ourselves. Pinker argues that there is a form of Human Nature through genetic predisposition and that environment and society plays a slightly smaller role.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn about the evolution of human nature and the human mind
  • Learn about some of the main denials of human nature: 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).
  • Insight into how politics and social activists have conspired to slow down progress in science
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posted May 20, 2015

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