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tabula rasa Also known as the blank-slate or white-paper thesis, a name for the radically empiricist view of the mind and knowledge which inspired so-called associationism in psychology. According to John Locke, the contents of the mind are written on it by experience as if it were white paper, a view comparable with modern behaviourist theories which try to account for mental processes as a product of external stimulus and behavioural response.

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tabula rasa.
1. Tablet from which the inscription is erased, ready to be written upon again.

2. Obliteration of history and collective memory.

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