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---- Reviews ----

“Pinker 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 be.”
--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 required reading.”
--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 Blank Slate.… Readers … will find it worth every effort to take on Pinker's exhilarating text; it will, literally, blow their minds.”
--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.