Philosophy and human nature: are you born a blank slate?
Are we born a blank slate, a tabula rasa? If so, then why do we prefer certain things to others? Why do we seek meaning, build relationships with other people, strive to improve ourselves and the world we live in? Skye C Cleary & Massimo Pigliucci, writing in Aeon magazine, argue that despite our freedom of choice, we are born constrained by human nature.