The Blank Slate

The Blank Slate

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A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature. qSweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read..also highly persuasive.q -Time Now updated with a new afterword 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.In her studies of brain development in cats, the neuroscientist Carla Shatz has discovered that waves of activity flow ... Just as you could reconstruct the seating diagram of a stadium if the fans were doing a€œthe wavea€ along various ... The visual system does not appear to need the technique to grow topographically organized wiring; a rough topographic map develops under the direct control of the genes.

Title:The Blank Slate
Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher:Penguin - 2003-08-26

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