The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature Steven Pinker

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Author: Steven Pinker
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Book Title
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
Author
Steven Pinker
ISBN
9780142003343
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 afterwordOne 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.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Steven PinkerPublisher: Penguin BooksPublished: 08/26/2003ISBN: 9780142003343Pages: 560Weight: 1.27lbsSize: 9.30h x 6.06w x 1.16dReview Citations: New York Times 09/21/2003 pg. 32Vanity Fair 11/01/2008 pg. 112
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.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 08/26/2003
ISBN: 9780142003343
Pages: 560
Weight: 1.27lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.06w x 1.16d

Review Citations: New York Times 09/21/2003 pg. 32
Vanity Fair 11/01/2008 pg. 112
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.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 08/26/2003
ISBN: 9780142003343
Pages: 560
Weight: 1.27lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.06w x 1.16d

Review Citations: New York Times 09/21/2003 pg. 32
Vanity Fair 11/01/2008 pg. 112