The book is aimed at "people who wonder where the taboo against human nature came from", and promises to explain "the moral, emotional and political colorings of the concept of human nature in modern life". For Pinker, the belief that we are all born as "blank slates" upon which culture places its decisive imprint is not only wrong but dangerous. He persuasively argues that "the conviction that humanity could be reshaped by massive social engineering projects led to some of the greatest atrocities in history". This is all very well, but at over 500 pages it can also be daunting for the general reader, as Pinker takes on all-comers, from biologists and sociologists to a dizzying array of classical thinkers from Calvin and Hobbes to Marx and Dawkins. The sections on gender will undoubtedly inflame many feminist writers (the most persuasive of which Pinker sadly neglects to discuss), and the criticisms of modern art are flimsy, but The Blank Slate is an impressive and sustained broadside that cannot be ignored. -Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Completely explains the idea of the blank slate, why it is outdated, why people believe it and what we actually do understand about human nature. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Blair
One of the most important social science/Linguistics books of the last fifty years.Pinker destroys the SSSM of the world and replaces it with a less restrictive/more open view of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Brown
Anything which the Telegraph describes as "magnificent and timely" ought to be a little suspect. Unfortunately in this case one's suspicions would be well-grounded. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MR D MCMILLAN
This is a really interesting book into human nature, I highly recommend it for those with an interest in psychology and science.Published 9 months ago by StarryNight
The Blank Slate is an intellectual landmark that shouldn't be missed. Pinker elegantly juggles philosophy, (folk)psychology, and politics, and in the process shows exactly why it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen
I like Pinker and this book is one of his best. Excellent condition and received before expected.Published 11 months ago by Frank Fennelly