The Blank Slate

The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Allen Lane Science S.)

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In this title, Steven Pinker makes explicit the argument which has been a backdrop to his previous books and many other popular science titles. He argues that much of our social commentary, conventional wisdom, and academic orthodoxy is wrongly roote ...Continua
Ha scritto il 07/11/09
The authos argue that we are not born naive like a blank slate, where the parent, teacher, society can write on it whatever they want. Not true at all.

We are all born with language instinct, we are all born with some pre-set wiring.

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We are all born with language instinct, we are all born with some pre-set wiring.

The author urge the scientist society and the general society not to worry too much on the taboo, or the political correctness on arguing that we are all born pre-wired. Too many people are worried that if we are not born as blank slate, that hints that we are not equal and this will be a evidence to justify racism, etc.

Well, this does not make sense for scientific progress, right. If this is true, there is not point in denying it. We should be objective in it, and work on undiscovering what is already written there when we were born. ...Continua

Ha scritto il 29/02/08
He shows his political cards here. His thesis is surely right, and there really is a lot of silly hostility to Darwinism in the way that he describes. Dennett touches on this too.

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