That leaves us with a huge moral gap, which constitutes the strongest reason for tackling this uncomfortable subject." From "A Biological Understanding of Human Nature," by Steven Pinker: "I believe that there is a quasi-religious theory of human nature prevalent among pundits and intellectuals which includes both empirical assumptions about how the mind works and a set of values that people hang on those assumptions.The theory has three parts: [T]he Blank Slate—that we have no inherent talents or temperaments because the mind is shaped completely by the environment (parenting, culture, and society).Historians tend to avoid this subject like the plague, because of its apparently racist overtones.Many people, or even most people, assume that the answer involves biological differences in average IQ among the world's populations, despite the fact that there is no evidence for the existence of such IQ differences.To finalize your purchase, as always, just click on the shopping cart icon. Damasio, Charles Darwin, Douglas Fields, Sigmund Freud, Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, Bernd Heinrich, Bernd Heinrich and Thomas Bugnyar, Kay Redfield Jamison, Robert Karen, Melvin Konner, Peter D. A note from Sarah-Neena-Koch: As pointed out in The MATING System, the Brain, and Gender Determination, one of the webpages in My Brain Notes.com, gender is determined as much by the brain as it is by one's genitalia. "Testicles make boys by releasing hormones, … ." page 22 "Although it may seem a bit disconcerting, before six weeks of development we all have the forerunners of sperm tubes, Fallopian tubes, and a uterus.All commissions from the sale of books will be used to develop and improve John Allman, David Bainbridge, Deborah Blum, John Brockman, John Buckingham, Richard Conniff, Jerry A. Kramer, Eve La Plante, Andrew Lautin, Joseph Le Doux, Simon Le Vay, Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, Dorothy Otnow Lewis, Paul D. … To become a boy or a girl, all we have to do is discard the set of tubes we do not require.
Natural selection equipped us with the fixed rules—the rules that constitute our human nature.
A Note from Sarah-Neena-Koch: Depending on your background, some essays in this book may be easier to understand than others.
I particularly enjoyed the essays related to evolutionary biology.
The second is the myth of the Noble Savage—that evil motives are not inherent in people but spring from corrupting social institutions.
The third is the Ghost in the Machine—that the most important part of us is somehow independent of our biology, so that our ability to have experiences and make choices can't be explained by our physiological makeup and evolutionary history." From "Getting Human Nature Right," by Helena Cronin: "Certainly, human nature is fixed.