Who is most associated with the term "blank slate"?
The philosopher who is generally considered to be the person who coined the term "blank slate" (Latin, tabula rasa) is John Locke. He believed that when we are born, our brains are like slates (a small chalkboard used by students in his time) on which nothing has yet been written. Every experience we have in life "writes" itself onto that slate. His philosophical stance is called empiricism, or the belief in the reliance on the senses for understanding the world around us.
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