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Personality and socialization aren't the same thing.

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I don't consider myself to be that radical a thinker.

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Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately art depends on human nature.

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But in most cases even the possibility that the correlations reflect shared genes is taboo.

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Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation of the mind that invokes genetics.

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Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that are bringing human nature back into the picture.

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Why are empirical questions about how the mind works so weighted down with political and moral and emotional baggage?

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The great appeal of the doctrine that the mind is a blank slate is the simple mathematical fact that zero equals zero.

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As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones.

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There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning, that creates the culture, that acquires the culture, and that responds to socialization.

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