We’ve already dealt with free will and determinism; however, you may still wonder what’s the origin of your mind. According to tabula rasa theory your mental content comes only from your experience. The meaning of tabula rasa originates from Latin “blank slate” or “white paper”; it means that you’re born with an empty mind which is to be filled with your life experiences which, according to tabula rasa theory, are the unique source of mental content. One of the most famous philosophers who held belief in tabula rasa is probably English philosopher John Locke who claimed that “all ideas come from sensation or reflection”. It sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Personally, I don’t believe in tabula rasa theory. There are numerous literary works which aim to prove that we are not born with tabula rasa. Some of them (such as "Lord of the Flies" by W. Golding) seem to convince the reader of an innate evil, others (such as a classic of children’s literature "Pollyanna" by E. H. Porter) claim that all people are born good. It shows how different philosophical theories may be when it comes to mind – tabula rasa, innate evil, or innate goodness. Are you really born with tabula rasa then?
There are various scientific experiments which show that a foetus is able to hear what happens outside the womb. He can hear his mother’s voice and is even able to distinguish it from other voices; some claim that music influences foetus’s IQ and personality. Of course there is still no consensus about how much foetus can hear (and to what extent it influences his future life) but most scientists agree that foetus does hear. And hearing is undeniably an experience which is, according to Locke, a source of knowledge. Is tabula rasa theory false? What do you think about it?