The Modern Denial of Human Nature
I motsats till vår engelskspråklige vän så uppskattade jag Pinkers bok oerhört. Kritiken mot boken tar ofta form av den radikale ideologens moraliserande och känslomässiga kritik snarare än kritik mot den sammanställning av vetenskapens läge vad gäller den mänskliga naturen som boken utgör. Boken slår hårt åt både höger och vänster. Har du en dogmatisk ideologisk och/eller religiös tro bör du alltså inte läsa boken, den kan allvarligt hota dina illusioner. Är du däremot öppet nyfiken på männi... Läs hela recensionen
Shakespeare is much more true to "human nature" when he lets Hamlet hold out the flute to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (as a symbol of himself or mankind) asking them to play on it. They can't of course. Noone can. But Pinker and other "scientists" think they can.
It is very strange, in fact unbelievable, that evolution or whatever created us, has mainstream American politics as a goal. But that is what Pinker arrives at when he puts his own words in the mouth of evolution (who never talk... Läs hela recensionen
'A magnificent and timely work' Fay Weldon, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year; 'A passionate defence of the enduring power of human nature... both life-affirming and deeply satisfying' Tim Lott, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year; Reading Pinker is one of the biggest favours I've ever done my brain Richard Dawkins
Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include The Language Instinct and How The Mind Works. He is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT.
The blank slate, the noble savage and the ghost in the machine: the official theory; silly putty; the last wall to fall; culture vultures; the slate's last stand. Fear and loathing: political scientists; the Holy Trinity. Human nature with a human face: the fear of inequality; the fear of imperfectability; the fear of determinism; the fear of nihilism. Know thyself: in touch with reality; out of our depths; the many roots of our suffering; the sanctimonious animal. Hot buttons: politics; violence; gender; children; the arts. The voice of the species. Appendix: Donald E. Brown's list of human universals.