Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

10/31/2002 6:30 PM 10-250
Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology; Harvard University;

Description: From the book jacket: Our conceptions of human nature affect every aspect of our lives, from the way we raise our children to the political movements we embrace. Yet just as science is bringing us into a golden age of understanding human nature, many people are hostile to the very idea. They fear that a biological understanding of the mind will be used to justify inequality, subvert social change, and dissolve personal responsibility and strip life of meaning and purpose. In The Blank Slate Pinker retraces the history that led people to view human nature as dangerous, and unsnarls the moral and political debates that have entangled the idea along the way.

Steven Pinker is introduced by Samuel Jay Keyser, Peter de Florez Emeritus Professor at MIT, Linguistics and Philosophy faculty. http://web.mit.edu/keyser/www/

In his introduction, Keyser describes Pinker as the "new age guru for the machinery of thought".

About the Speaker(s): Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He returned to Harvard in September 2003 after 21 years at MIT, where he was most recently the Peter de Florez Professor of Psychology in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. A native of Montreal, he received his B.A. from McGill University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard in 1979. His scholarship has brought him awards and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Many more awards and worldwide recognition have come from several popular science books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and most recently, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.

Host(s): Office of the Provost, MIT Libraries

Tape #: T14044.

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments.

MIT World — special events and lectures

MIT World — special events and lectures

Category: Events | Updated over 1 year ago

Created
December 12, 2011 16:21
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
4344 times

More from MIT World — special events and lectures

Neural Basis of Drug Addiction

Neural Basis of Drug Addiction

Added over 5 years ago | 00:49:34 | 11936 views

Handel As Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas

Handel As Orpheus: Voice and Desire...

Added over 5 years ago | 01:11:00 | 4921 views

Sociable Robots

Sociable Robots

Added over 5 years ago | 01:16:00 | 4445 views

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeove...

Added over 5 years ago | 00:53:32 | 14818 views

Business and Economics

Business and Economics

Added over 5 years ago | 00:49:41 | 6081 views

The Challenge: Meeting Global Energy Demands Sustainably

The Challenge: Meeting Global Energ...

Added over 5 years ago | 01:35:00 | 4684 views