The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

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Penguin Books Limited, 2003 M06 5 - 528 páginas

'A passionate defence of the enduring power of human nature ... both life-affirming and deeply satisfying' Daily Telegraph

Recently many people have assumed that we are blank slates shaped by our environment. But this denies the heart of our being: human nature. Violence is not just a product of society; male and female minds are different; the genes we give our children shape them more than our parenting practices. To acknowledge our innate abilities, Pinker shows, is not to condone inequality, but to understand the very foundations of humanity.

'Brilliant ... enjoyable, informative, clear, humane' New Scientist

'If you think the nature-nurture debate has been resolved, you are wrong ... this book is required reading' Literary Review

'An original and vital contribution to science and also a rattling good read' Matt Ridley, Sunday Telegraph

'Startling ... This is a breath of air for a topic that has been politicized for too long' Economist

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Excellent book about how we got to this idea that everyone is malleable and "fixable". Overly detailed so it was a bit tedious but well worth the listen Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - fliesbath - LibraryThing

This is a must-read. Pinker argues against the notion that humans are born with a blank slate of personality, etc. Instead, he asserts that we are animals just like every other animal that has certain ... Leer comentario completo

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Steven Pinker is one of the world's most influential thinkers and writers on the human condition. His popular and highly praised books include The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, the Guardian and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine's "The World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals," Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers," and Time magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today."

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