For centuries, philosophers and scientists have debated whether the human mind is born with ideas and concepts, or instead, as John Locke famously put it, arrives in the world like a blank slate. Now new experiments have uncovered something even more remarkable: that we not only have innate ideas, but that some of those ideas ultimately blind us to the true nature of our minds. To help us understand the human mind we talk to Iris Berent, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and the director of the Language and Mind Lab, who has a book titled The Blind Storyteller coming out later this year.
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