Feb 26, 12
Read from January 31 to February 26, 2012
This book is awesome. In making his case against The Blank Slate in human beings, Pinker lays out a well reasoned and expansive case for his perspective that we indeed have much to owe to human nature. This is the first book of Pinker's that I've read and already I'm a fan of his style.
Many of the topics and observations he pulls together are interesting, and challenging to held notions and subjective perspectives. I found myself reading through ideas yay genuinely shook my understandings and general philosophy. I don't need to summarize his work here, but I will underscore the author's voice and method. I found myself both questioning and internally challenging Pinker's ideas and felt truly engaged. Even with a minimal background of reading through basic psychology, neuroscience and linguistics texts and works- Pinker never leaves the reader behind in dissecting theory and opposing views in fields likely to not have been familiar to the reader. Great work.