The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
Penguin, 2003 M08 26 - 528 páginas
A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature from the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now.
"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read..also highly persuasive." --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.
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - ShadowBarbara - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica 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