Pinker, S (2002) The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. London:Allen Lane Science.


  • p. 31. “The first bridge between biology and culture is the science of mind, cognitive science.”

  • p. 78. Of course “the wonderful diversity of the human species is not hard-wired in our genetic code,” but we don’t need to count genes to figure that out.

  • p. 35. “This is not to say that cognitive scientists have put the nature-nurture debate completely behind them: they are still spread out along a continuum…..”

  • p. 60. Take the case of a person’s mother tongue, which is a learned cultural skill par excellence….The innate endowment for language is in fact an innate mechanism for learning language.