Monday, January 24, 2005

Beating up on Pinker

Ad hominem attacks on Steven Pinker have been a disturbing feature of liberal response to the Summers affair.

Speaking of Pinker's book The Blank Slate, Atrios says
...Pinker doesn't rely on peer-reviewed high level work by academic economists, but on right wing hack work.
Atrios admits to not having actually read the book. If he had he would have found that Pinker bases his views on hard science.

Many on the Left have taken exception to criticisms in the The Blank Slate of aspects of Left-wing thought that brought us the Gulags. But Pinker is equally, if not more so, hard on the Right.

If anyone still considers evolutionary psychology to be antithetical to Left/Liberal views then I recommend Peter Singer's book A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution, and Cooperation.

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