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Steven Pinker holds forth, 5 Nov. 2003
Pinker triumphs again with a popular science book that leaps the high but necessary hurdles of providing a comprehensively but transparently argued point for the lay reader, while giving enough depth to require some sections to be re-read. At least by me.
This is one of the books in my armoury to convince freinds and family of Richard Dawkins' argument that science is not just another model and that sceintists are the very manifestation of open minded humanist observers of nature.
Plenty here to shout at too, in the second section where Pinker applies some of the science to real world discussions, most importantly the nature/nurture debate applied to child development. This chapter concludes with a touching affirmation (to a recent father) of human love in response to the mother who, in the light of the science asked why she should love her children if it were all true.
Read it, please!