[not in handout, see intranet]
Pinker, S. (2002) The Blank Slate Allen Lane, London
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 donít need to count genes to figure that out.
p. 60. “The first step in connecting culture to the sciences of human nature is to recognize that culture, for all its importance, is not some miasma that seeps into people through their skin. Culture relies on neural circuitry that accomplishes the feat we call learning.”