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at last, my questions answered.,
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This review is from: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Allen Lane Science) (Hardcover)
this book is an introduction to the theory that half a person's personality and intelligence is genetic, and present at birth. It was very liberating to read, as it deconstucted those annoying theories of the blank slate, the noble savage, and the ghost in the machine. The other "myth" that he explains away is that parents are responsible for how their children behave, as every parent knows, its often a complete mystery why ones children do what they do...He discusses religion, rape, and aggressive behaviour in a way that makes sense in evolutionary terms, and personally speaking revolutionised the way I think about most of the basic philosophical questions. Thank you Professor Pinker.