Is there such thing as a human nature? Are we born with distinct personalities that we carry with us through our lives, or are we moulded entirely at the whims of our experience — or as the title puts it — like blank slates?
If you ever read a book on the topic of nature and nurture this is the one to read.
This book is about:
- The theory of humans as blank slates and how it has fallen
- The fears and motivations that have driven this view
- The reality of human nature
- The implications of this understanding
Understanding how the mind works impacts everything from our social relations to our politics to the way we raise children.
Steven Pinker reveals with clarity and precision this underlying misunderstanding which is responsible for a great deal of confusion and suffering in our world.