November 02, 2005

A Dry Erase Board?

Yesterday, in the course of a discussion of "Iphis and Isis" (Book IX) from Ovid's Metamorphoses, one of the women mentioned that she could read a bit of constructionim, as in social constructionism, in the story. That led the professor to mention a book he had read, The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker (his own bio).

I found an interesting discussion with Pinker on from February 01. He has linked on his homepage a list of articles he has either written or to which he has contributed. I find some of his statements thought provoking, and although not directly on the same religious page, I don't find him far.

Posted by Rae at November 2, 2005 06:19 AM

You may not know but, I have an autistic child. Although I almost agree with him about facilitated language, he dismissed the subject quickly. I wonder if he has actually put thought into that subject.

Posted by: bigwhitehat at November 2, 2005 08:10 AM

Haven't read any Pinker lately but I did read How the Mind Works a few years ago - I should catch up on his newest stuff...

Posted by: andy at November 2, 2005 09:54 PM

My child psych prof has been mentioning Pinker a lot lately and I am dying to get my hands on this book. Soooo, send it my way when you finish it my friend, as I am sure that it is already on its way to your house via I will have to send a book your way in return; perhaps, the Birth of Venus? or maybe Wicked.

Posted by: Kris at November 3, 2005 07:48 PM

BWT, maybe he has and that was why his answer was so fast and succinct, or maybe he didn't. He does seem a "thoughtful" person. This is the downside (IMO) of putting so much trust in measurable science: there is no way to measure the strength of the human with statistics and controlled studies.

Andy, yes. You should and then we could talk about it.

Kris- heh. It'll be there sooner than you think :D:D Doo-dah, doodah!

Posted by: Rae at November 3, 2005 08:47 PM

Hah, you are like God; you know my needs (and wants) before I even ask! Thank you friend.

Posted by: Kris at November 6, 2005 06:55 PM

Purrrrrhhh :D

Posted by: Rae at November 6, 2005 08:02 PM
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