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Ajay Patel

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Nature vs Nurture

What factor is more influential towards a humans development? What proof do you have to support your arguements? I know development is the result of both, but what is a bigger influence.

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  • May 3 2013: I don't think we're ever going to get a definitive answer on this. My thought is that each different human has a different balance of nature vs. nurture, which makes nailing down a theory extremely difficult. Some people will have genes that more strongly govern their behavior, while others may be born more as a "blank slate." Either way it's difficult to test that, let alone prove anything.

    My belief is that people may have tendencies towards certain things when they're born, but they can change to overcome/capitalize on those tendencies through their own volition. At the same time, your family and upbringing also has a massive influence on you. Either way, genes or upbringing, you can be who you want to be. I definitely don't believe that your genes and environment control you. No one can change you unless you let them. You are free.
  • May 3 2013: This is a bit like asking, what is more important in making water, hydrogen or oxygen?
  • May 4 2013: There is a texture when you overlay and weigh and compare.
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    May 4 2013: .
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    My answers to your 3 questions:

    (1) Technology is more influential.
    (2) Very slow bio-evolution "nature" can never catch up with the very fast technology "nurture" .
    (3) The bigger "influence" is technology.

    So, technology does us self-extinction!

    Wrong?

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      May 4 2013: This is another topic, culture and biology. But it's a very interesting one.