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The Almost Blank Slate

CITATION:  Schlinger, Henry D.  (2004). The Almost Blank Slate. Skeptic. Altadena: Vol. 11, Iss. 2;  pg. 34, 10 pgs

ABSTRACT:   In 2002, psychologist Steven Pinker appeared on the New York Times bestseller list with The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, a book that attempts to catapult the nature-nurture issue back into public debate, while squarely coming down on the side of human nature. Here, Schlinger argues that there is overwhelming evidence that learning exerts the most significant influence on human behavior—a fact that is rarely acknowledged, publicized or even understood. If anything, there is a modern denial of human nurture, not human nature.


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