nature versus nurture

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nature versus nurture

[nur′chər]
a name given to a long-standing controversy as to the relative influences of genetics versus the environment in the development of personality. Nature is represented by instincts and genetic factors and nurture by social influences.

nature versus nurture

The perennial argument as to whether heredity or environment is more influential in determining the outcome of any individual's development. It is now apparent that the two are so intimately inter-related in their effects as to almost inseparable.
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Now these would be no more than familiar philosophical anecdotes if it weren't that the ideas encapsulated in them are often at work in our current discussions of genetics and behavior.
Since 1983, when behavioral genetics first appeared as a category in the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, hundreds of articles about the relationship between genetics and behavior have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and fictional accounts, often presented as the cutting edge of current science.

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