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I'm interested, re this subject of "innate" characteristics versus "acquired" or "culturally induced" characteristics, in what the state of accepted understanding is in general, in China, about cognitive science and the move away from the "Blank Slate*" theory of human mind toward the "modifiable bundle of pretty strong instincts" theory, exemplified by *Pinker and Toobey/Cosmides.

I ask because it seems that such a foundational change in understanding of human personality structure would, if accepted by a sufficiently academic group of politicians, successfully leap across that time gap inherent in changing a society. Especially one trying to overcome feelings of inferiority and victimhood and nonetheless avoid foolish nationalism and feelings of unwarranted superiority.

Align culture with our nature. Ot else!

by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Tue Mar 2nd, 2010 at 12:13:20 AM EST
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