On Thu, 22 Jan 2009, Michael H Goldhaber wrote:
> Coincidentally, I've had Steven Pinker's book "The Blank Slate" for some
> years, but only 2 weeks ago got around to reading it. Today I was reading his
> chapter on how political positions are influenced by genetics, in which he
> largely endorses what the conservative Thomas Sowell calls the "tragic view"
> as opposed to the "utopian view." I was surprised to discover a quote from
> E.O. Wilson in which he specifically mentions that when he wrote
> "Sociobiology" (which Pinker endorses wholeheartedly) he had never heard of
> Science for the People. In that book Pinker subtly exaggerates and parodies
> actual left-wing views, though claiming to be liberal. I would call his
> stand in the "Blank Slate" closer to neo-conservative. Maybe more years of
> Bush have caused him to modify his positions a bit.
Of course Wilson had heard of Science for the People by the time he
wrote Sociobiology-- as I suppose Beckwith can confirm for us.