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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The recent advances in evolutionary psychology--sometimes referred to as adaptationist psychology-and the earlier sociobiology originated by Wilson have shown that the nature-nurture controversy must not be so one-sided.
Schneider's characters, as intellectual as they are articulate, wax passionate on scientific ethics and the nature-nurture controversy, on animal rights extremism, on fertility testing--even on the nuances of guilt for the possible Nazis in one's family tree, however distant.