Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Pinker and Penrose

After looking through the list of publications by the illustrious contributors to Edge two books really stand out.

First is Sir Roger Penrose's book The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe. This book has the lofty goal of covering mathematically the basics of modern physics. Consider it to be A Brief History of Time with equations, lots of equaions. I don't pretend I'll be able to understand much of it, but maybe I'll put to use those 3 years of maths and physics I did at uni...

The second is the much more controversial work of Steven Pinker - The Blank Slate. Pinker is an advocate of evolutionary psychology which states that the human mind is a product of our evolution from primates. This is the theory that is finding more and more scientific evidence that we are who we are du to 90%+ nature and very little nurture. This has enourmous ramifications for society, of course...

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