Nature vs. Nurture Essay by Sporks1981

Nature vs. Nurture
An overview of the nature vs. nurture debate.
# 68630 | 1,023 words | 8 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2006 in Psychology (Theory) , Anthropology (General)

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The debate over what determines who we are, whether it is nature (heredity) or nurture (our surroundings) is taking a new shape. For years there has been a battle over whether nature or nurture is responsible for our actions. This paper discusses the possibility that both interact to form who we are and that nature and nurture are parallel influences rather than determinants.

From the Paper:

"There are many public outcries against Darwin's theory of "humans developing from the earlier animal species." Animal behaviors are either innate or learned. In TIME magazine, it was mentioned, "This issue underlies not only philosophical debates over free will and determinism but also the current trend toward our becoming a no-fault no-risk culture." (TIME, 1994) Identifying nature vs. nurture in terms of determinism vs. free will is most likely mistaken when one believes the discourse to which enculturation patterns the mind, selves and behavior. Throughout society it seems as though people can go around blaming their genes on their actions and/or mistakes. By proving that it's the genes to blame, it is giving people an excuse for their actions."

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