I have a copy his book The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. Needless to say, its conclusions are problematic for the racial justice movement. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear they have read it and thought about the implications that Pinker tries to dismiss.
“Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychology professor and bestselling author, who was one of the signatories of the letter to Harper’s protesting against a climate of intolerance, has claimed he is the target of an “Orwellian” attack on his reputation.
The professor, whose books, including The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature, have made him one of America’s leading public intellectuals, was the focus of a letter this week from more than 500 academics calling for his fellowship to be rescinded at the Linguistics Society of America. Citing half a dozen tweets posted by Pinker in the past few years, the letter accused him of a willingness to “dismiss and downplay racist violence”. …”
John Locke was wrong about innate ideas.
Human beings are not equal in intelligence or personality types. We are not equal in how our instincts are expressed in our behavior. The human mind isn’t a Skinner Box.
Note: I’m somewhat surprised that Charles Murray’s new book Human Diversity: The Biology of Race, Gender and Class has flown under the radar amidst all the current turmoil is being sold on Amazon. The original meaning of the term “bigot” is a synonym of “woke.”