The book was impressive both for its enlightened ability to cast debates from multiple angles and for the rigorous detail of the evidence from which it casts it's arguments. sheds light in many modern debates, scientific, political and philosophical.
Pinker explains life. Very interesting analysis, with a very scientific, prudent and informed approach. Later chapters are a little bit more all over different topics associated with the subject matter.
A deluge of information about himan nature exhaustively analyzed and artfully presented. Instead of laying out both sides of an issue, Pinker lays out all sides of myriad issues dealing with our still limited understanding of human nature.
The book has many substance/relevant topics but... I am crossed between blaming the reader or the information being presented. The topics are interesting, but the response or arguments and conclusions are as vague as it could possibly be.
Outstanding book and very well narrated! I appreciate the fearless confidence with which this book was written.
Although, I will think of parenting in a completely different way now....
This book explains...
... beautiful insights into the mind.
... indispensable tools for ethics.
... scientifically backed arguments for both politics and economics.
... the most common and serious misconceptions of human nature.
There are some tedious chapters. They can easily be skipped without disturbance occurring later.
Mr Pinker, Yo da man
Another solid performance by Victor Bevine. well researched, well thought out, and intriguing. Although I disagreed with a few of the author's analyses of other literature, it did not detract from his credibility not from his overall theme.
I want to learn more. much more about the subject. thoroughly recommended. I can't wait to listening to Pinker and his detractors again: to join the debate
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Kill the killer!
That is not what Steven Pinker writes but capital punishment is one of several provocative subjects in his book. Pinker is a Professor of Psychology at MIT.
People who have an opinion about human nature may change their mind. Victor Bevine professionally narrates this interesting exploration.
Pinker says that 50 percent of “who we are” is inherited. He argues that clinical studies show that inherited genes interacting with today’s environment are the primary determinants of human nature. Our environment changes in small ways; i.e., we hear the tone of a piano key, see a bird fly, or taste and feel the texture of a raspberry. External stimulus triggers chemical interaction between genetic inheritance and the environment in unfathomably complicated and varied ways. That is why even twins, raised in the same environment and family, are different. Pinker asserts that scientific studies show that less than ten percent; maybe zero percent, of who we become is based on how we were raised.
This observation is saying that parenting has little to do with who our children become. Pinker’s argument is that human nature is mankind’s genetic inheritance with individuation shaped by moments of environmental interaction. A corollary of that belief is that a person can be inadvertently programmed for violence; justifying a “kill the killer” mentality. Genetic interaction with environmental incidents may develop an immutable part of a person's human nature. This is oversimplifying Pinker's genetic argument but it does make a listener think about rational justification for capital punishment.
Learned a lot
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Not monotonous, but dry; not horribly so. Acceptable.
The book is dull at times, but overall very worth while. It has caused me to look at human nature differently, and consider different explanations for human behaviour.