tabula rasa

  1. an opportunity to start over without prejudice
  2. a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
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  • It certainly helps that the a capella original track presented a kind of tabula rasa for other artists, but I'd think no one would have bothered to re-mix this song if the original work weren't so compelling. Expecting Rain
  • For the hard-core gamer, "Tabula Rasa" offers the kind of souped-up eye-candified and, most important, addictive online action that actually gives it a shot at being a "Warcraft"-killer, or at least a "Warcraft"-hurter. Tabula Rasa
  • And that is a wonderful place to reach because you've achieved a kind of tabula rasa. Main RSS Feed
  • Although the Symphony lacks the striking originality of future masterpieces like "Fratres" (1977) or "Tabula Rasa" (1977), the adagio-like second movement, with its dark, anguished outbursts in the low strings, points the way. P
  • BUT … to tie it back to LOST, John Locke – the philosopher not that other John Locke – used the phrase tabula rasa to define his philosophy of the mind as a blank slate. 'Heroes' recap: Hiro finds purpose and Sylar looks for the man in the mirrors |
  • Perhaps he saw me as some kind of tabula rasa upon which he could inscribe the unique signature of his craft, like a missionary teaching a savage to read the word of God. Broken Music, A Memoir
  • While the notion of tabula rasa focused on the impressionability of, and “exposure learning” by, the child, the emphasis on the infant's dependency pointed to what very much later came to be called instrumental learning. Dictionary of the History of Ideas
  • They wanted to start again with nothing but their reason and a tabula rasa clean slate.
  • Only of course, Nénette emerges as a kind of tabula rasa...a moving confrontation with the fool on the hill, about which Society has long mythologized, both envying, pitying -- and thus, condemning -- her/him. Michael Vazquez: On Nénette
  • It's the 1880s, and the West is still a tabula rasa, a never-ending sea of verdant prairies, rolling valleys and panoramic skies.
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