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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 5th, 2006, 12:21 PM
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I previously stated that Chapter 10, The Fear of Determinism, was one of the best discussions of free will and determinism I have read. I still believe that. However, after reading it for the third...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 26th, 2006, 05:33 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

JimB,

Home again in the Seattle cold and rain. What a change after snorkeling in 74 degree water (82 degree air) this time yesterday and watching Eagle Rays glide over the reef near the boat...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 20th, 2006, 12:53 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I started in to chapter 6 and suddenly I'm seeing the argument I was looking for in 1 thru 5. 1 -5 is where Pinker says he lays out the argument and the rest is where he says he discusses the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 19th, 2006, 01:27 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

JimB, I had 7 hours on the plane to carefully re-read the first five chapters. When I said before that I didn't think he made his case - I think what I meant was that I was looking for reasons why I...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 17th, 2006, 10:58 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Fred, Interesting that you woud think of rape, infanticide, and genocide as social instincts. I haven't read any formal definition as I write this but I would say a social instinct would broadly fall...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 05:40 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I don't know why this keeps coming up but to clairify - and thanks for defending me, Tom - in this encounter I did not accuse Fred at the time of saying that I was immoral. I responded with a post...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 03:02 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Not interested in revisiting those. It's enough that I believe that to be true to make my point. Let's move on.

Margaret
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 02:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Carey, You said,

Bravo. I have repeatedly stated that I accept that both group and individual differences are influenced by genetics. I believe the question as to which differences are most...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 02:09 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I took a slow dinner at the local diner to re-read Chapter 7, Emotion and Feeling, of Damasio's Descarte's Error, in preparation for laying out my hypothesis. From some of your comments, Carey, it...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 08:04 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

OK - I'll work on that tonight to make it as concise as I can. Point taken on CNS's and crayfish.

Margaret
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

See, you don't need neurons and synapses to talk about this stuff. ;)

Margaret
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 06:06 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

What a delight to really explore some of these ideas.

You said,

I am aghast. But, if your interest is biological rather than psychological then I understand. BTW - I see that whole free will...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 12:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Hi Carey, I have reviewed the pdf files you sent. Those are interesting. Reviewing those and re-reading your recent posts I now suspect that we are not talking about the same thing.

You used an...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 08:54 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Carey, In my last post I said,

I suspect that most people feel vulnerable when exposing their ideas to an anonymous bunch of names in a forum - some of whom seem pretty angry. I think we all feel...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 08:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Carey said,

I'm pleased with the thought - even though you took it down. You may find Fred's insults funny but I also notice that none of them were directed at you. As anyone can see once the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 04:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Darn, I did it again. I always give people far too much credit for intelligence and good intentions. I should have known from your past fawning posts to JimB that your previous post would be a thinly...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 13th, 2006, 07:38 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Hi Carey, Thanks for the constructive criticism. I'll try to keep your points in mind.

I tried to make my seed post, not an argument against Pinker, but a request to JimB to help me see what his...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 13th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Tom, Obviously I was correct in predicting the futility of appealing to Fred's sense of fairness and objectivity to stop enclosing his posts in personal attacks. At least, there is some value in...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 12th, 2006, 11:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Hi Tom, You said,
You may be right. Perhaps I'm trying to find moderation in his position where it does not exist. If you are right, does that mean that he and JimB agree? That white males of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 11th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I realize that the argument I am making - that we only believe what feels good to us, that we only believe what supports our higher level beliefs - makes me equally subject to the charge of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 11th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Fred, You said,

I am responding to your post despite my stated determination not to respond to such ad hominem attacks. You might say that I'm giving you one last chance to stop being a jerk. I...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 5th, 2006, 03:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

JimB said, Isn't that the question? Did our differences emerge from differences in our genes or in our experiences? I'd say probably both. With the genes laying down a structure that may have been...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 5th, 2006, 11:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Pinker's Blank Slate

As recommended by the moderator, I've finished the first part of The Blank Slate- titled The Blank Slate, The Noble Savage and the Ghost in the Machine. Pinker states that he makes his case for...
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