Blank Slate The Modern Denial of Human Nature

ISBN-10: 0142003344
ISBN-13: 9780142003343
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Authors: Steven Pinker
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, 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.

Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born U.S. experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Pinker is the author of several non-fiction bestsellers including: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought (2007). and The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Pinker was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and one of Prospect and Foreign Policy's 100 top public intellectuals in both years the poll was carried out, 2005 and 2008; in 2010 and 2011 he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. His research in cognitive psychology has won the Early Career Award (1984) and Boyd McCandless Award (1986) from the American Psychological Association, the Troland Research Award (1993) from the National Academy of Sciences, the Henry Dale Prize (2004) from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the George Miller Prize (2010) from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He has also received honorary doctorates from the universities of Newcastle, Surrey, Tel Aviv, McGill, and the University of Troms�, Norway. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and in 2003. On May 13, 2006, he received the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution.

Preface
The Blank Slate, the Noble Savage, and the Ghost in the Machine
The Official Theory
Silly Putty
The Last Wall to Fall
Culture Vultures
The Slate's Last Stand
Fear and Loathing
Political Scientists
The Holy Trinity
Human Nature with a Human Face
The Fear of Inequality
The Fear of Imperfectibility
The Fear of Determinism
The Fear of Nihilism
Know Thyself
In Touch with Reality
Out of Our Depths
The Many Roots of Our Suffering
The Sanctimonious Animal
Hot Buttons
Politics
Violence
Gender
Children
The Arts
The Voice of the Species
Donald E. Brown's List of Human Universals
Notes
References
Index

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