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Title:The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Steven Pinker
Publisher:Penguin Books
ISBN:0142003344
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:528
Category:Science, Psychology, Non fiction, Philosophy, Evolution, Sociology

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature 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 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 .

Pinker 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 He disarms even the most menacing threats with clear thinking common sense and pertinent facts from science and history Despite its popularity among intellectuals during much of the twentieth century he argues the doctrine of the Blank Slate may have done more harm than good It denies our common humanity and our individual preferences replaces hardheaded analyses of social problems with feel good slogans and distorts our understanding of government violence parenting and the arts .

Pinker shows that an acknowledgement of human nature that is grounded in science and common sense far from being dangerous can complement insights about the human condition made by millennia of artists and philosophers All this is done in the style that earned his previous books many prizes and worldwide acclaim wit lucidity and insight into matters great and small

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