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Reading Guide - Week 1 Reflection Topic: Human behavioral scientists seek to identify and explain innate patterns of human behavior but often find resistance and opposition from academic and religious thinkers. Why do people often get upset by descriptions of human behavioral design, the universality of innate behavioral patterns, and characterizations of nature in its ancestral state? Read: Pinker (2002). Blank Slate. pp.5-13, 30-41 (pp.1-13 in Eres pdf) Reading Questions: Q: What is the Blank Slate? John Locke (empiricism). Ideas are grounded in experiences, which varies from person to person. These concepts undermined royalty and aristocracy. Against the institution of slavery. Q: How is the past century’s Blank Slate “agenda” described for psychology and the social sciences? Explain everything with a few mechanisms of learning. All as a product of the socialization of children. Concepts that would seem natural to the human way of thinking (i.e: emotions) are now say to have been “invented” or “socially constructed”.
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