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The Blank Slate

The Modern Denial of Human Nature
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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Recently many people have assumed that we are blank slates shaped by our environment. But this denies the heart of our being: human nature. 

Violence is not just a product of society; male and female minds are different; the genes we give our children shape them more than our parenting practices. To acknowledge our innate abilities, Pinker shows, is not to condone inequality but to understand the very foundations of humanity.

©2019 Steven Pinker (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • 10-11-2019

Important, fascinating, argumentative, kind.

I'm on a reading roll!! I love how this book flows. Every chapter worth reading. Definitely will come back to it very soon. Also it shows just how much Pinker loves language when he draws attention to its properties any chance he gets. And then he also quotes Shakespeare and Orwell a couple of times. I can't even. Oh and he drags his fellow academics just enough in this one, it makes it entertaining but kind.

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  • 10-12-2019

Pinker’s best work

A total joy to read or listen to. Mr Pinker has great style and a wonderful mind. Admire them while you can. All his books should leave you in awe of his wit, wisdom and, again, great style (see another of his books - The Sense of Style).
I know he puts huge time and energy into his writings but the result is a lovely flow of difficult concepts made easier. My favour author. The narration is good too. The Blank Slate convinces us that we are born with different possibilities and that this should be understood and accepted. Some with aggressive, political ideologies might wish it were otherwise. A very important book

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  • 24-11-2019

old dressed as new

"New on audible" is misleading because the subject matter of this book is out of date. it would be more accurate to say "This 2002 book available for the first time on audible". I also bought The Stuff of Thought, circa 2007, under a similar misapprehension. Not new at all.

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