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Harvard professor Steven Pinker to speak on human nature

ATHENS, Ohio (March 4, 2004) -- Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists and Pulitzer Prize nominee will be discussing his new book, "The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature" as part of the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series on Monday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The popular professor of psychology from Harvard University will answer questions about the functions of the human mind and address many of the hidden agendas that characterize much of the current thinking on the notion of human nature. Pinker argues for a truly honest science of human nature, taking into account both instinct and choice as well as the deep inherent structures of the mind that manifest themselves in language, sexuality, child-rearing and social institutions.

Pinker has received numerous awards for his research on visual cognition and the psychology of language. In addition to numerous academic achievements, he also has been named among Newsweek's "100 Americans for the Next Century" and is included in Esquire's "Register of Outstanding Men and Women." Pinker is known to the public as the author of 1998 Pulitzer finalist "How The Mind Works" and as a best-selling author for "The Language Instinct" and "Words and Rules."

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