SHL Book Group for September
Thursday, September 24, 2009 8:06 PM
Please join us for the first fall meeting of the SHL Book Group.
We will meet as always on the fourth Sunday of the month (September 27th in this case) from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. For anyone who's joined us in the past, though, note that our location has changed. We're now meeting at the West Ashley Atlanta Bread Company located at 1850 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
This month we're discussing The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
In his last outing, How the Mind Works, the author of the well-received The Language Instinct made a case for evolutionary psychology or the view that human beings have a hard-wired nature that evolved over time. This book returns to that still-controversial territory in order to shore it up in the public sphere. Drawing on decades of research in the "sciences of human nature," Pinker, a chaired professor of psychology at MIT, attacks the notion that an infant's mind is a blank slate, arguing instead that human beings have an inherited universal structure shaped by the demands made upon the species for survival, albeit with plenty of room for cultural and individual variation.
Todd Frech will be leading the discussion.