I just finished reading Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, which is broadly about the fact that we are not blanks slates, that genetics plays a large role in who we are as humans. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Pinker was concluding his book with a discussion about the arts.
Steven Pinker on art and beauty
March 9, 2011
June 8, 2010
“…absolute seriousness of purpose comes ultimately from an individual, not just a culture, and most great artists, musicians, and writers demonstrate a rare and often obsessional commitment to solving artistic problems in themselves.” (240)