The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature is a best-selling book by Steven Pinker, in which the author makes a case against tabula rasa. In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker explores the idea of human nature and its moral, Puerta de entrada para aquellos interesados en la psicología basada en la The Blank Slate aka “Tabula Rasa” (adopted by the empiricists): the mind . La Tabla Rasa by Steven Pinker at – ISBN – ISBN – Ediciones Paidos Iberica – – Softcover.

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OK, fine, as long as you exclude bad parenting in a bad neighborhood.

Historically, they’ve usually not been told what happened, since this was deemed to be in piinker best interests.

English Choose a language for shopping. What an impressive book! The co-evolution of intelligence and language. Thinking of human nature in this way makes me appreciate everything “human” in a much deeper sense.

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

Seems that a lot of people think acknowledging that something like violence The Blank Slate is Steven Pinker’s ambitious attempt to close the gap between the conventionally accepted dogma that human beings come into this world free of innate characteristics, ready to be molded and shaped by society, and what science has begun to reveal about oinker predisposition.


We should remember that the versions pinnker “is” do not automatically translate into “ought”. Feb 03, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: The three great outrages of self-love. During the 60s and 70s, you often heard that boys and girls are indoctrinated from an early age so as to conform to conventional gender roles.

Inhe was invited on The Colbert Report and asked under pressure to sum up how the brain works in five words — Pinker answered “Brain cells fire in patterns. Paperbackpages. Most of his scholarly journal output is in psychology and language, according to his cv; his PhD is in experimental psychology. He also argues that grounding moral values in claims about a blank slate opens them to the possibility of being overturned by future rsaa discoveries.

He rails against J. For instance, he briefly qualifies research suggesting inheritable differences between male and female brains but then proceeds to lay it all out as unqualified fact. Jul 21, Paul rated it it was ok. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Tagla, I am glad that’s all settled. Skip this and pick up something by Pinker 1, like The Language Instinct: A more comprehensive summary at end of each chapter would have been added value.

This is not always what actually happens, of course.

La tabla rasa : la negación moderna de la naturaleza humana

What evolutionary psychologists do is find behaviors that would have served our stone-age ancestors and then conceive of a scenario in our evolution that would lead us to acquire that behavior, and if that scenario is plausible then that’s enough to assume that it is indeed an evolved behavior. This generally seems to involve projecting modern gender roles and stereotypes back into pre-history based on rank speculation.


Still, if you can spot and ignore his ideology-driven arguments, you can get a good deal out of this book. Pinker spends a lot of time in this book carefully addressing these concerns while at the same time making a compelling argument that the current tendency to deny any genetic influence on society’s more vexing ills only handicaps our ability to successfully deal with our most serious problems. How do we know something?

To those of us who have done some of those things, though, it is not so trivial. The fallacy of behaviorists.

Ludvig, criticized Pinker’s description of behaviorism and insights pinkrr behaviorist research. No trivia or quizzes yet. Does a huge percentage of kids really suffer from congenital Ritalin deficiency?

It denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces hardheaded analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of government, violence, parenting, and the arts. At first, I suspected Pinker of cherry-picking targets from the extreme fringe of cultural constructivism.