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A magnificent and timely work.” — Fay Weldon, “[Pinker] points us in the direction of a more productive debate, a debate in which the implications of science are confronted forthrightly and not simply wished away by politicized scientists.” — Francis Fukuyama, , but it is as good — which is very high praise indeed.What a superb thinker and writer he is: what a role model to young scientists.My reservations with Pinker's view [will be resolved] in the bright light of rational inquiry that he brings to these important topics.” — Dan Dennett, brilliantly delineates the current state of play in the nature-nurture debate.Read it to understand not just the moral and aesthetic blindness of your friends, but the misguided idealism of nations.And how courageous to buck the liberal trend in science, while remaining in person the best sort of liberal.
When Pinker starts describing it, the reader will surely recognize it.” — Bruce Ramsey, To Don, Judy, Leda, and John PENGUIN BOOKS Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U. Z.) Ltd, Cnr Rosedale and Airborne Roads, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R ORL, England First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin,a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.
Isn't it obvious to anyone with more than one child, to anyone who has been in a heterosexual relationship, or to anyone who has noticed that children learn language but house pets don't, that people are born with certain talents and temperaments?
Haven't we all moved beyond the simplistic dichotomy between heredity and environment and realized that all behavior comes out of an interaction between the two?
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THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS CATALOGUED THE HARDCOVER EDITION AS FOLLOWS: Pinker, Steven, 1954-The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature / Steven Pinker.p. Includes bibliographical references (p.) and index. ISBN 0-670-03151-8 (hc.)ISBN 0 14 20.0334 4 (pbk.)1. Your support of the author's rights is appreciated. Are there really people out there who still believe that the mind is a blank slate?