A remarkable book—stimulating, fearless, immensely learned, and a pleasure to read.
—Orlando Patterson, author of The Ordeal of Integration
A mind-blowing, mind-opening exposé... In characteristically erudite, analytic and
provocative style, Pinker illustrates how convictions of dubious validity about human
nature have ruled institutions on an epic scale. His profoundly positive arguments
for the compatiblity of biology and humanism are unrivaled for their scope and
depth and should be mandatory, if disquieting, reading.
—Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Eugene Higgins Professor of Nueroscience, Yale University
With a powerful combination of erudition, style, and courage, Steven Pinker
shatters taboos on all sides as he restores the concept of human nature to its
proper place—at the center of how we think about ourselves and our communities.
—Michael Lind, coauthor of The Radical Center
In a work of outstanding clarity, sheer brilliance, and unmitigated good sense,
Steven Pinker banishes forever fears that a biological understanding of human
nature threatens humane values.
—Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and the Peacock
A brilliant book... The Blank Slate is not just a debunking job but explains wonderfully
fascinating alternatives to the social constructionist mindset. And it is so very well
written and entertaining that it's bound to generate great interest and enthusiasm.
—Denis Dutton, editor of Arts and Letters Daily
This tour de force takes the reader on an unforgettable voyage... With this magnum
opus, a new polymath arrives on the world intellectual scene.
—Martin Seligman, former president, American Psychological Association;
author of Learned Helplessness and Authentic Happiness
The best book on human nature that I or anyone else will ever read.
Truly a magnificent job.
—Matt Ridley, author of Genome
The ideas in this book introduce exciting new considerations for conflict resolution
and peacemaking that go deeper than conventional analyses.
—M. James Wilkinson, former deputy U.S. representative, UN Security Council
A humane and thoughtful book, The Blank Slate will surprise many who are fearful of
the 'consequences' of a biologically informed conception of what it means to be human.
—Eugenie Scott, executive director, National Center for Science Education