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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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Jun 24, Book rated it it was amazing Shelves: I should have looked at Goodreads before reading this one! However, in order to come face to face with the homo sapiens which, during its brutal evolutionary process, has acquired certain survival – often nasty -instincts, one should let go of such reservations.

Jun 03, Jenn Pellerin rated it it was amazing Recommended to Jenn by: Ultimately, these aren’t scientific arguments, but science-y arguments. The subject is not finished, though. Despite the radical nature of many of the theories Pinker presents, I found myself having continuous “ah-ha! OK, fine, as long as you exclude bad parenting in a bad neighborhood.

Anyone who wants his or her worldview to actually reflect reality has to take that into account. My second big problem is that Pinker sells an extreme form of evolutionary psychology that simply doesn’t have evidence to back it up and is not the logical alternative to the blank slate.

La tabla rasa : la negación moderna de la naturaleza humana

He does specifically mention this caveat, so he is not lying, but he is minimizing what seems to me like a much more important point for social policy. Pinker argues that modern pihker has challenged three “linked dogmas” that constitute the dominant view of human nature in intellectual life:. I would recommend this book to everyone I know. With age I have come to dislike the idea of an ideology, any ideology.

Sep 27, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: The “3 laws” that he preaches are based on studies that only look at stable, middle-class families. Refresh and try again. This generally seems to involve projecting modern gender roles and stereotypes back into pre-history based on rank speculation.


Nazism with races and the Marxists with classes. So, I am being long-winded, but I am trying to get across that Pinker has these convenient cartoon notions of what other people say and because he is so frightfully intelligent he assumes he has it all figured out.

The denial of this human nature is now an impediment to solving rasq problems that are now plaguing Western democracies. Each dogma carries a moral burden, so their defenders have engaged in desperate tactics to discredit the scientists who are now challenging them.

Duncan rated it it was ok. Steven Pinker is an excellent writer, but I have major problems with this book. Pinker 1 is an eloquent, witty, and insightful writer on the issues of cognitive psychology and linguistics who has the rare talent of making rasw subjects accessible and appealing to academic and lay audiences.

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Nov 12, Elena Holmgren rated it really liked it. Rzsa, if you can spot and ignore his ideology-driven arguments, you can get a good deal out of this book. Dec 17, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, after I spent some time in a Sociology of Gender class at college, I discovered that the total denial of innate psychological programming is indeed as pervasive among the social sciences as Pinker suggests.

He draws an important distinction between gender and equity feminism. This book is a starting point for discussions, but nothing more. A real crime for a book like this. Ultimately, both views hinge on the notion that there are no innate, natural constraints that might define what it is to be a functional human agent.

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

Aug 13, Brett Hilton rated it it was ok. View all 6 comments. In some cases, they have later been informed that they are actually male, and their reaction has typically been one of relief.

The Blank Slate was an raaa, thought-provoking and polemic book designed to refute ordinary conceptions and intellectual arguments which cut against a sociobiological understanding of humans and human society. How many people today dasa believe that genes don’t shape our brains, and thus our minds?

This is a good introductory book to the nature vs nurture debate if you keep in mind that Pinker is very biased. Tagla, it might have happened the way they envisioned it but it might also have happened another way—for example, many of our supposedly evolutionary behaviors can be explained economically as well, i. The result So here’s a case where you have a book about how much of our personalities and, well, nature is innate, rather than nurtured into us by dasa parents or our environment.


He is a psychologist and author of several books and articles on cognition and dasa. Sure, in broad strokes, one can formulate simple statements with confidence e. We can all agree that people are not meant to be programmed, that we should not force people who want to be poets to become mathematicians to fill a quota, and we should treat people well even when they’re not like us.

He suffers, sadly like many scientists do, from selection bias—he picks studies that support his views while ignoring those that don’t. This book grew on me as I read it. Evolution is central to the understanding of life.

This “small ghost” is by no means disproven, and whether or not it’s a more satisfying explanation of human existence is, at least at this point, more yabla matter of taste than anything else. Tabka utopian vision, with its aim to ‘mould’ the human psyche social constructivismthe 20th century has adequately shown to only lead us into disaster.

Don’t have a Kindle? Jordan-Young for critical overviews of current sex-difference research. Pinker claims these fears are non sequitursand that the blank slate view of human nature would actually be a greater threat if it were true. There are truths appropriate for children; truths that are appropriate for students; truths that are appropriate for educated adults and truths that are appropriate for highly educated adults and the notion that there should be one set of truths available to everyone is a modern democratic fallacy.