is a fluent writer, superb at explaining difficult ideas for general
readers. He keeps his writing alive with humour, stories, cartoons,
and one-liners from the movies. I agree with his main position,
and admire the way he defends it.
--Mark Ridley, The Times (London), September 4, 2002.
The Blank Slate is brilliant in several dimensions.
It is enjoyable, informative, clear, humane and sensible. ... It
is difficult to be morally sensitive while treading on people's
dreams. But Pinker manages it, while never compromising on the point
that good morals and politics need to acknowledge the truth about
human beings as they are, rather than how we might like them to
--Simon Blackburn, New Scientist, September 5, 2002.
Pinker's case is convincing
and cogent, and he does a service in presenting the arguments, and
the associated scientific evidence, in such an accessible fashion.
Given the importance of the questions he discusses, his book is
--A. C. Grayling, Literary Review, September 2002.
Every once in a while, a book comes along that compels us
to change our minds about the world. What better example than one
that reconfigures our understanding of mind itself? Such is The
will find it worth every effort
to take on Pinker's exhilarating text; it will, literally, blow
--Library Journal, September 1, 2002.
An absorbing read and an excellent
introduction to the state of play of the Nature- Nurture debate
at the start of the 21st century.
--Susan Greenfield, Spectator, Sept. 21, 2002.