Blank Slate
Steven Pinker

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Narrated By: Victor Bevine

Duration: 22 hours and 40 minutes

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Recently many people have assumed that we are blank slates shaped by our environment. But this denies the heart of our being: human nature. Violence is not just a product of society; male and female minds are different; the genes we give our children shape them more than our parenting practices. To acknowledge our innate abilities, Pinker shows, is not to condone inequality, but to understand the very foundations of humanity.

'A passionate defence of the enduring power of human nature ... both life-affirming and deeply satisfying' Daily Telegraph

'Brilliant ... enjoyable, informative, clear, humane' New Scientist

'Startling ... This is a breath of air for a topic that has been politicized for too long' Economist

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Popular science, Popular psychology

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If you think the nature-nurture debate has been resolved, you are wrong ... this book is required reading

Literary Review

A passionate defence of the enduring power of human nature ... both life-affirming and deeply satisfying

Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

An original and vital contribution to science and also a rattling good read

Sunday Telegraph

Brilliant ... enjoyable, informative, clear, humane