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at 5:33 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
at 1:45 PM
"Racism is no longer a problem. Today's big problem is tabula-rasism."
This refers to the big myth of our time, that humans are infinitely malleable, and that we have no intrinsic characteristics. This notion is called "tabula rasa," or "clean slate," and declares that heredity is nothing, or at least negligible, and environment is everything. Steven pinker wrote a book refuting that concept, called The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. I recommend it highly.
Tabula-rasism manifests in lots of scary ways, not least in education. It's assumed by many that with proper education anybody can learn anything. This is clearly not so, but the myth hangs on, because it's in many ways the core of political correctness. That is, what amounts to a religious faith that all human beings are basically interchangeable.
Such a view, contrary to both commons sense and science, leads to bad public policy and frustrating results.
at 11:00 AM