I’ve wondered about this expression for some time. I’ve always thought that it referred to wiping your slate (chalkboard) clean before starting something. I just finished a google search and found that it can have a deeper meaning or much lighter.
One thing I found deals with the whole “Nature or Nurture” question. The blank slate referring to a child being born with no thoughts or instincts and everything is learned from the environment. Too deep for my taste this evening.
I also found a rather poorly written (in my opinion) Harry Potter based story. Dealing with one persons magically induced amnesia. Yawn.
There were a few sites that used “the Blank Slate” as part of their name. Nothing that really caught my eye.
One or two political references to the Blank State were also found, and that is all I will say on that.
Even one reference to a Blank State Theater. More to my liking, but not exactly what I was looking for.
Funny, I didn’t easily find anything close to what I actually had in mind when I formed those words in my mind.
So, since I didn’t find what I was looking for, I’m going to have to think more on exactly what starting with a blank slate means. Look for further updates or add your own..