We humans are not just a blank slate, but science can’t unearth the mystery

Steven Pinker’s 2002 book The Blank Slate: The modern denial of human nature was enormously popular and acclaimed. Why is it important? It’s important for the sake of humanity to preserve the view that there are some values and practices that are normal; humans are not a blank slate and infinitely manipulable. From a Christian perspective the diversity thesis is an (invalid) argument for relativism with the implication that Christianity is, at best, true for some people. But Pinker falls into the error of thinking science can give us all the answers about who we are. More here in Mary Midgely’s review of the book. A short quote from the review: “…aspiring new ideologies have taken care to appear in scientific dress, using apparatus drawn from the physical sciences and claiming their authority.”


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