Running head ARE WE BORN WITH A BLANK SLATE (TABULA RASA) OR DO WE ALREADY HAVE IDEAS IN OUR HEADS AT BIRTH?1Are We Born with a Blank Slate (Tabula Rasa) Or Do We Already Have Ideas in Our Heads atBirth?Estelita R. SmithAmerican Intercontinental University
BLANK SLATE (TABULA RASA) 2Are We Born With a Blank Slate (Tabula Rasa) Or Do We Already Have Ideas in Our Heads atBirth?An English philosopher namedJohn Lockepostulated the tabula rasa (blank slate) theory, whichstates that people learn and aquire ideas from external forces, or the environment. Humans are born with an empty mind, having no knowledge whatsoever. People aquire ideas from the surrounding world, turning simple ideas into complex ones. This blank slate of mind starts off devoid of any knowledge, but then it as is “written on”a person lives and experiences. Therefore, a person has no identity until after birth. The tubula rasa theoryhas strikingly similar charcteristics of the nurture theory because the environment has the ability to shape an individual’s mind and experiences. Each new experienceserves as a stage of growth, expanding possibilities and gathering new knowledge. Bothnurtureand tabula rasa view the environment and an individual’s surroundings as essential in forming human traits.If this theory holds true, then how are instincts and intuitions explained?The critics of the blank slate theory state that the theory cannot hold true because then the mind would need to have the “ability to learn or apply knowledge.”An adjustment to this theory can be made so that the ability to aquire knowledge is innate. Other than that, the human mind is a blank slate.