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📒The Blank Slate ✍ Steven Pinker
✏The Blank Slate Book Summary : 'A passionate defence of the enduring power of human nature ... both life-affirming and deeply satisfying' Daily Telegraph 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. 'Brilliant ... enjoyable, informative, clear, humane' New Scientist 'If you think the nature-nurture debate has been resolved, you are wrong ... this book is required reading' Literary Review 'An original and vital contribution to science and also a rattling good read' Matt Ridley, Sunday Telegraph 'Startling ... This is a breath of air for a topic that has been politicized for too long' Economist
📒Study Guide ✍ Supersummary
✏Study Guide Book Summary : SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 76-page guide for "The Blank Slate" by Steven Pinker includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 20 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like There is No Blank Slate and Consilience.
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📒Scientific And Religious Habits Of Mind ✍ Ron Good
✏Scientific and Religious Habits of Mind Book Summary : The open, inquiring nature of science is fundamentally incompatible with the closed, authoritarian nature of most religious training. Reasons for rejection of personal god concepts by Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Bertrand Russell are used by this author to underline this incompatibility and to show how each of these important scientists came to reject organized religion. Conflicts between scientific and religious habits of mind are described and ideas for education are offered. Common assumptions about our natural environment and human nature are shown to be obstacles to scientific literacy and to a sound liberal education. Research on the nature of the relationship between scientific and religious habits of mind is proposed, recognizing the potential incompatibilities between these important influences in society.
📒Being Me ✍ Pete Moore
✏Being Me Book Summary : ‘O brave new world, That has such people in’t!’ Shakespeare, The Tempest New scientific developments are changing the world, but whether the world of our children and grandchildren will be the hell of Huxley’s Brave New World or the sheltered paradise described by Shakespeare depends on how we choose to use these developments. That choice will frequently be driven by our appreciation of what human beings really are. In this thought-provoking book Pete Moore presents an antidote to the scientific reductionism that so frequently seeks to narrow any definition of our species by single features, such as our genes or the ability of our brains. This exploration of the nature of humanity reveals the rainbow spectrum that makes us who we are. Through discussions with individuals whose lives help us to focus on individual aspects of our make up, Moore explores the difficult issues that are facing us. This book provides a timely reminder that technology cannot be separated from its impact on real people and how their lives are changed for the better or worse. Medical developments offer tremendous opportunities for good, but if we lose sight of what it is to be human they also have the ability to be used for very dangerous, even evil purposes. We have a chance to influence this future. We should not ignore the challenge. DR PETE MOORE is a medical journalist and an official rapporteur at Windsor Castle and the House of Lords. He is the author of Blood and Justice (0470 848421, Hbk / 0470 84844 8 Pbk).
📒The Triumph Of Sociobiology ✍ John Alcock
✏The Triumph of Sociobiology Book Summary : In The Triumph of Sociobiology, John Alcock reviews the controversy that has surrounded evolutionary studies of human social behavior following the 1975 publication of E.O. Wilson's classic, Sociobiology, The New Synthesis. Denounced vehemently as an "ideology" that has justified social evils and inequalities, sociobiology has survived the assault. Twenty-five years after the field was named by Wilson, the approach he championed has successfully demonstrated its value in the study of animal behavior, including the behavior of our own species. Yet, misconceptions remain--to our disadvantage. In this straight-forward, objective approach to the sociobiology debate, noted animal behaviorist John Alcock illuminates how sociobiologists study behavior in all species. He confronts the chief scientific and ideological objections head on, with a compelling analysis of case histories that involve such topics as sexual jealousy, beauty, gender difference, parent-offspring relations, and rape. In so doing, he shows that sociobiology provides the most satisfactory scientific analysis of social behavior available today. Alcock challenges the notion that sociobiology depends on genetic determinism while showing the shortcoming of competing approaches that rely on cultural or environmental determinism. He also presents the practical applications of sociobiology and the progress sociobiological research has made in the search for a more complete understanding of human activities. His reminder that "natural" behavior is not "moral" behavior should quiet opponents fearing misapplication of evolutionary theory to our species. The key misconceptions about this evolutionary field are dissected one by one as the author shows why sociobiologists have had so much success in explaining the puzzling and fascinating social behavior of nonhuman animals and humans alike.
📒On Our Minds ✍ Eric M. Gander
✏On Our Minds Book Summary : There is no question more fundamental to human existence than that posed by the nature-versus-nurture debate. For much of the past century, it was widely believed that there was no essential human nature and that people could be educated or socialized to thrive in almost any imaginable culture. Today, that orthodoxy is being directly and forcefully challenged by a new science of the mind: evolutionary psychology. Like the theory of evolution itself, the implications of evolutionary psychology are provocative and unsettling. Rather than viewing the human mind as a mysterious black box or a blank slate, evolutionary psychologists see it as a physical organ that has evolved to process certain types of information in certain ways that enables us to thrive only in certain types of cultures. In On Our Minds, Eric M. Gander examines all sides of the public debate between evolutionary psychologists and their critics. Paying particularly close attention to the popular science writings of Steven Pinker, Edward O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, and Stephen Jay Gould, Gander traces the history of the controversy, succinctly summarizes the claims and theories of the evolutionary psychologists, dissects the various arguments deployed by each side, and considers in detail the far-reaching ramifications—social, cultural, and political—of this debate. Gander's lucid and highly readable account concludes that evolutionary psychology now holds the potential to answer our oldest and most profound moral and philosophical questions, fundamentally changing our self–perception as a species. -- Boguslaw Pawlowski
📒Blank Slate ✍ Shanell Keys
✏Blank Slate Book Summary : Jen Morrison has always thought of herself as a good person. She is a devoted mom to her son Danny and a dedicated nurse. She feels lucky in so many ways, but she's never been lucky in love. Her husband left her and their son years ago. Since then, he has re-married and started a new family. Jen is focused on her son and career, vowing not to have her heart broken again. But then a new patient is admitted to Sacramento Grace Hospital, and her life is forever changed. He is brought in after a car accident leaves him with a nasty head wound, and without a memory. He doesn't have any type of identification on him, and no one seems to know who he is. They call him the mystery man; he calls himself John. The pair quickly develop feelings for each other, but can their love last when his past comes back for him?
📒Blank Slate ✍ Jack La Shay
✏Blank Slate Book Summary : Five years ago, Detective Tim OBannon, NYPD, was shot during a robbery. He died on the way to the operating room. Thirty-six minutes later, he woke up as they rolled him into the morgue. Since the bureaucracy didnt know where to assign a dead detective, he was retired on full pension. He felt pretty bummed out until his brothers convinced him to go private. He takes an office above his brothers bar and grille. It is located between the office of Samantha Smith, a beautiful attorney, and Jake Goldstein, a very interesting forensic psychologist. That was the beginning of Unusual Investigations. She woke up in a hospital. She had bandages on her face, and her mind was a blank slate. The name on her chart was Mary Hill, but it didnt sound familiar. She knew she was American, she knew who the president was, but she knew nothing about Mary Hill. Doctor Connors told her that her mother and father died in a plane crash the same weekend of her assault in Maine. She was the only heir to a billion-dollar company, Hill Pharmaceuticals. A nice-looking man came to see her and said he was her husband. He talked and talked about who she was and their relationship. When the doctor shooed him out, she said, Theres no way I would have married that guy. When she asked for help, her pastor, Father Duffy, suggested Unusual Investigations. Tim OBannon travels from Glen Cove, Long Island, to Bangor, Maine; from Washington, DC, to Camp David. He meets with the Secret Service, with terrorists and other assorted bad guys. He learns more about the secret work of Hill Pharmaceuticals than he ever wanted to know.
📒Blank Slate ✍ Chuck Pheterson
✏Blank Slate Book Summary : An eccentric billionaire with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease funds a clandestine group of stem cell researchers to find a cure. They produce a drug with a serious side effect: the patient’s brain, though cured, is turned to a blank slate. Personality, knowledge, memories, language, and abilities are restored to an embryonic state. An enterprising product marketing executive, determined to find a market for this unusual drug, had an idea. The twisted minds of sociopathic criminals could be wiped clean, saving society billions of dollars in incarceration and failed attempts at rehabilitation. To test the drug’s effectiveness, the billionaire enacts a plot to kidnap a murderer from death row. After treatment, a new identity, and years of nurturing, this ex-murderer, unaware of his prior life, becomes a loving and productive member of society. If the truth of his past came to light, would mankind be willing to forgive him and embrace the person that he has become?