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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Yet, while twin studies and many other lines of research made it increasingly difficult to argue for the overwhelming supremacy of either nature or nurture, the two domains generally were treated as being independent of each other.
to asking "how" (how nature or nurture works, how nature constrains and shapes nurture, and how nurture organize and changes nature?
That term cannot be decomposed into nature or nurture because the effect of each depends on the contribution of the other.
These findings add a new twist to the debate on whether nature or nurture plays the dominant role in determining nearsightedness.