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The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date August 1, 2003
Pages 528
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780142003343
ISBN-10 0142003344
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $20.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In a provocative study of the nature versus nurture debate, one of the world's foremost experts on language and the mind brilliantly explores the modern self-denial of our basic human natures. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A brilliant inquiry into the origins of human nature from the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now.

"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read..also highly persuasive." --Time

Now updated with a new afterword

One of the world's leading experts on language and the mind  explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

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Hardcover
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from Viking Pr (September 1, 2002)
9780670031511 | details & prices | 528 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $27.95
About: In a study of the nature versus nurture debate, one of the world's foremost experts on language and the mind explores the modern self-denial of our basic human natures.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780142003343
 
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (August 1, 2003)
9780142003343 | details & prices | 528 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $20.00
About: In a study of the nature versus nurture debate, one of the world's foremost experts on language and the mind explores the modern self-denial of our basic human natures.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781480561373 Book cover for 9781480563254
 
With Victor Bevine (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (March 11, 2014)
9781480563254 | details & prices | 6.50 × 5.25 × 1.75 in. | 0.96 lbs | List price $19.99
About: Our conceptions of human nature affect every aspect of our lives, from the way we raise our children to the political movements we embrace.
With Victor Bevine (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (March 11, 2014)
9781480561373 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $14.99

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