Are we born with a blank slate?

Here is an interesting TED Talk with Steven Pinker. Steven argues that humans are born with some innate traits, could it be that some people are born as better capital allocators than others. Warren Buffett would probably agree, watch the video and try to draw the parallel yourself. (Click here to watch video)

Video Introduction (Via TED):

Steven Pinker’s book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting.

Background on Presenter (via TED):

Steven Pinker’s books have been like bombs tossed into the eternal nature-versus-nurture debate. Pinker asserts that not only are human minds predisposed to certain kinds of learning, such as language, but that from birth our minds — the patterns in which our brain cells fire — predispose us each to think and behave differently.

His deep studies of language have led him to insights into the way that humans form thoughts and engage our world. He argues that humans have evolved to share a faculty for language the same way a spider evolved to spin a web. We aren’t born with “blank slates” to be shaped entirely by our parents and environment, he argues in books including The Language Instinct; How the Mind Works; and The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.

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26. September 2008 by Miguel Barbosa
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