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Human Nature and the Blank Slate by Stephen Pinker http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/steven_pinker_chalks_it_up_to_the_blank_slate.html watch entire video: 00:00 – 22:40 1. What is meant by the blank slate? that the human mind is a blank slate, and that all of its structure comes from socialization, culture, parenting, experience. 2. Does Pinker believe the mind is a blank slate? What are the arguments he makes for or against it? There are a number of reasons to doubt that the human mind is a blank slate, and some of them just come from common sense. As many people have told me over the years, anyone who's had more than one child knows that kids come into the world with certain temperaments and talents; it doesn't all come from the outside. Oh, and anyone who has both a child and a house pet has surely noticed that the child, exposed to speech, will acquire a human language, whereas the house pet won't, presumably because of some innate different between them. And anyone who's ever been in a heterosexual relationship
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