The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature is a best-selling book by Steven Pinker, in which the author makes a case against tabula rasa. In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker explores the idea of human nature and its moral, Puerta de entrada para aquellos interesados en la psicología basada en la The Blank Slate aka “Tabula Rasa” (adopted by the empiricists): the mind . La Tabla Rasa by Steven Pinker at – ISBN – ISBN – Ediciones Paidos Iberica – – Softcover.

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The author, through pihker exploration of the various themes and evidence, tries to make us all epistemic creatures — people who can have beliefs and values but suspend them in order to explore counter-evidence, new theories, and hypotheses, and sharpen our values with our knowledge.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The first third or so of the book is interesting and important, mostly because of the discussion about cognitive neuroscience. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The fallacy of behaviorists.

More generally, it’s good to know there’s no need for a field like philosophy.

Pinker’s insistence on environment and parenting having minimal influence is sometimes undercut by the studies he presents and his pknker conclusions. In a moment in history where so much discourse is polluted by vulgarity, that is refreshing His characterization of post-modernist philosophy, cultural anthropology, and some factions within psychology are very consistent with the ideas that I’ve seen professors advocate and students at my school endorse.

Nevertheless, we already accord equal recognition to others despite these everyday, obvious differences. The Blank Slate is an important book for impressionable students of the social sciences because it thoroughly explicates arguments that some academic programs would never dare to teach. Pinker is known for his wide-ranging advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.

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The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Every year, it turns out that a small number of male infants do have to be castrated and turned into girls, most often as a result of botched circumcision operations. Nov 14, Owlseyes rated it really liked it Shelves: This seems fishy to me because it is the pinksr opposite of my reality. Rather half-cocked, unlikely-sounding theories can be passed off as clearly established fact if they invoke the Divine Name of Evolution.

The trouble is that it ends up reading as if Pinker gathered every single study that seemed rzsa support his position and threw it into a blender, and then threw in a number of screeds against groups he has a bone to pick with.

Is this about a scientific debate that has been won and lost, like Big Bang vs Steady State theory of the universe, or is it still ongoing?

Like Eriksen, Louis Menandwriting for The New Yorkeralso claimed that Easa arguments constituted a strawman fallacy, stating “[m]any pages of ‘The Blank Slate’ are devoted to bashing away at the Lockean-Rousseauian-Cartesian scarecrow that Pinker has created. Next he’ll be telling us Lamarck was wrong about evolution! Ultimately, both views hinge on the notion that there are no innate, natural constraints that might define what it is to be a functional human rsaa.

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Dec 17, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: Louis Menand has written a typically excellent piece on Pinker’s arrogance: Schlinger wrote two critical reviews of the book that emphasized the importance of learning.

The choice is whether certain facts about humans, or topics, are to be considered taboos, forbidden knowledge, where we shouldn’t go there because no good can rabla from it, or whether we should explore them honestly. If they are free, they are not equal. Very very good book.


The importance of our genes. Pinker married Nancy Etcoff in and they divorced ; he married Ilavenil Subbiah in and they too divorced. Jul 21, Paul rated it it was ok. The reflex standard position in our societ Pinker claims there is much opposition to the idea that biology as opposed to parenting, etc. MJD Still ongoing, and the version I got has a final chapter at the end, written inthat gives updates on all the chapters given new scientific …more Still ongoing, and the version I got has a final chapter at the end, written inthat gives updates on all the chapters given new scientific discoveries and new trends in academia and popular culture.

Aug 24, Ian19 rated it it was amazing.

Reading about the evolution of the human mind, and how our basic drives–and the complex mechanisms we’ve developed to serve them–manifest themselves within culture, and simultaneously CREATE culture Lacking actual examples tbala those who hold this “blank pinkerr view, Pinker dredges up some long dead academics to serve as a scarecrow.

Poverty of the stimulus Sociobiology. Skinner, even though his intellectual hero Noam Chomsky rebutted Skinner and behaviorism in general in the s. He was born in Canada and graduated from Montreal’s Dawson College ponker I can’t finish this. In addition, such ideological policing of science, and such a need to cover up in advance what the science might show, reveals too much about our own fears.

Overall, The Blank Slate was entertaining, interesting, and informative, but I strongly recommend that you read it with both an open and critical mind.