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The Blank Slate

The Modern Denial of Human Nature

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Published by Viking Adult .
Written in English

About the Book

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

First Sentence

"BLANK SLATE" IS a loose translation of the medieval Latin term tabula rasa-literally, "scraped tablet."

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
528
Dimensions
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
Weight
1.9 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7641193M
ISBN 10
0670031518
ISBN 13
9780670031511
Library Thing
8477
Goodreads
537014
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