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Tabularasa

Tabularasa

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Tabula rasa is the epistemological theory that individualsare born without built-in mental content. And that their knowledge comes from experience and perception.The term in Latin equates to the English "blank slate" (or more accurately, "erased slate") (which refers to writing ona slate in chalk) but comes from the Roman tabula or waxtablet, used for notes, which was blanked by heating thewax and then smoothing it to give a tabula rasa.Aristotle writes of the unscribed tablet in what is probablythe first textbook of psychology, his treatise ‘De Anima’ or ‘On the Soul’, however, the notion of the mind as a blank slate went largely unnoticed for more than 1,000 years.Ibn Sina (known as "Avicenna“) argued that the "humanintellect at birth is rather like a tabula rasa a pure potentiality that is actualized through education and comesto know”.Ibn Tufail (known as "Abubacer" or "Ebn Tophail" in theWest) demonstrated the theory of tabula rasa as a thoughtexperiment through his Arabic philosophical novel, ‘Hayyibn Yaqzan’, in which he depicted the development of themind of a feral (wild child ) "from a tabula rasa to that of an adult, in complete isolation from society" on a desertisland, through experience alone.In contrast to this, the ‘Evolutionary psychology’ views,Instead humans at birth have minds which are structurally
 
'pre-adapted with the mental equipment necessary for survival within their social, cultural and physicalenvironments.We generally judge once intelligence, rather mistakenly basing on ones knowledge in a field, in general, and instudies in education.Does a child who has not learned any thing, has anyintelligence at all?What we refer to as the intelligence, in fact is the ‘appliedskill & the knowledge acquired’ and not the intelligenceitself.The concept of fluid and crystallized intelligence makes the point clear.Tabula rasa is theepistemologicaltheory that individualsare born without built-inmental contentAristotle writes of the unscribed tablet in what is probablythe first textbook of  psychologyin theWestern canon, his treatise "Περί Ψυχ 
ς" (De Anima or On the Soul, Book III,chapter 4). However, besides some arguments by theStoics andPeripatetics, the notion of the mind as a blank slatewent largely unnoticed for more than 1,000 years.

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