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The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Natureby Steven Pinker
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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.
What is the truth about human nature? Steven Pinker argues that our usual explanations of human behaviour - stated most clearly in the human sciences of psychology, ethics and politics - tend to deny what is now undeniable: the role of an inherited human nature.
A compelling study of what it is to be human. Acclaimed as "one of the first intellectual landmarks of the 21st century". "A magnificent and timely work" Fay Weldon. "A passionate defence of the enduring power of human nature...both life-affirming and deeply satisfying" Tim Lott, "Daily Telegraph" Books Of The Year. "Reading Pinker is one of the biggest favours I've ever done my brain" Richard Dawkins.
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