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Books About the Human Mind
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Sioux Falls Feminists recommend the following books about the workings of the human mind. They will help you understand yourself as well as others, including those who are trying to manipulate you and intimidate you.

There are so many good books here, it's hard to write about just a few. One book drives a stake into the heart of "Tabula Rasa" and the idea that we are born without any predispositions to anything. The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker put "Tabula Rasa" to sleep once and for all. There is no blank slate. We are born with genetic determinates just like any other animal. Twin studies, brain scans, and human universals have changed the idea of the superiority of humans in any fundamental way. We are just another animal, more intelligent, more dominate, more brutal, and with more conscious control over our behavior than most, but still just another animal, just another step in evolution. Sioux Falls Feminists say that it's time we accept that fact.

Also be sure to check out the results of twin studies. They help us determine what is genetic, what is learned, and what is both. Twin studies are covered by Steven Pinker in The Blank Slate and there is more in Twins and Twins Revisited.

The book The Lucifer Effect, and the movie based on it, The Experiment, are also excellent examples of what can happen when good men are given absolute power over others. It isn't pretty. The whole dominance, controlling, intimidating, and manipulative behavior thing just comes leaping out of the woodwork. It's probably more or less in all of us. "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely" seems to be a truism. (Don't bother getting the American version of The Experiment. It is a poor substitute for the European version recommended here.)

Sioux Fall Feminists recommends checking out all the book descriptions. You should find at least one or two books worth reading.

The books are all available from but you are free to obtain them from many other sources. Amazon offers them on their website along with many alternate sources, often less expensive. You are free to choose whatever source you please. The book links on the following pages point to the book location at Amazon.

Sioux Falls Feminists recommend the 16 books, 1 article, and 1 movie about the workings of the human mind on the following 18 pages:

Books About the Human Mind
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Feminists