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Temperament and the Fear of Imperfectibility

The “Fear of Imperfectibility is the second of the four reasons that Steve Pinker* suggests as the motivation for rejecting the idea of innate temperament, and clinging to alternative explanations for human nature.  Last week I looked at the first–the … Continue reading

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Innate Temperament: A Terrifying Idea?

Yes, for some, biologically based, innate temperament is a terrifying idea.  In his remarkable book, The Blank Slate,* Steve Pinker devotes 90-some pages to discussing this topic directly, and many more pages to discussing how this plays out in both … Continue reading

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