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#51 Posted by cameron83 (7770 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't believe that humans can be "blank slates" in the truest sense of the term. We all have instincts and drives which arise from our biology that come hard-wired into our composition. A "blank slate" would seem to imply a kind of innocence or mindlessness or "pre-programmed" state of being.

I feel that the title question is an incomplete set of options. It might be better to re-state it as:

Are human beings inherently evil?

Are human beings inherently good?

Are human beings born as "blank slates"

Of course this requires some agreement upon the definitions of "good", "evil" and "tabula rasa"...

Perhaps substitute "selfless" for "good" and "selfish" for evil. Either way it would seem that human beings are somewhere on a spectrum between those options. I personally feel that we lean towards the "selfish".

damn. You're awesome

#52 Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg (2312 posts) - - Show Bio

Blank slate.

#53 Posted by teddy_the_god_killer (335 posts) - - Show Bio

The only things 'average people' (because there are always minor exceptions) are programmed for are base biological drives : eat, self-preservation, reproduce and fears. Emotions are the brains way of processing illogical information. And good/evil are purely subjective. All else is society, diet (in terms of brain and body development), experience, caregivers and genes.