Jason Straight, August 23, 2010 (view all comments by Jason Straight)
Stephen Pinker chalks up the blank slate. Drawing on a broad array of disciplines (psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy) Pinker subtly and persuasively argues that humans come prepackaged with a broad array of mental faculties and traits. This, however, is not another tired nature/nurture book, but turns the whole argument on its head by appealing constantly to the best current scientific evidence. One of the seminal books of our time.
Drumbo, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by Drumbo)
With lively, unpretentious wit, Pinker unveils the folly of the blank slate, the noble savage, and the ghost in the machine. What he offers in their stead is a feast for the intellect and a morally uplifting view of our species.
Widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on language and the workings of the mind, Pulitzer Prize finalist Pinker has undertaken the most ambitious and controversial work of his career--a brilliant reexamination of the concept of human nature.
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