nature-nurture debate

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nature-nurture debate

the debate surrounding the question of to what extent behaviour is the result of hereditary or innate influences (nature), or is determined by environment and learning (nurture). Assessing the relative contributions of each is extremely difficult, since both interact continually throughout development. Historically each side of the debate has had its support, nativists believing in hereditary determination and empiricists in the dominance of the environment. See also CHILD DEVELOPMENT, INTELLIGENCE.
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The problem with the nature versus nurture debate, as every parent knows, is that it is too black and white.
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And before that, there was a recognition of "street smarts" versus "book smarts," and maybe even the entire nature versus nurture debate.
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In the nature versus nurture debate, people like me who lean to the right conservative side hold that it is more of a nurture thing which can be corrected," Easwar told ANI.
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This short review takes a look at the progression of this seemingly eternal question by categorizing the development of the nature versus nurture question into three main stages.
Wednesday, BBC1, 8pm THE last in the current series of the genealogy series finds Ruby Wax facing the age-old question of nature versus nurture. Her Jewish parents fled Vienna and the Nazis for America in 1938, but by her own admission, the comedian and mental health campaigner grew up in a dysfunctional household - her father was volatile Ruby Wax delves into her and her mother could be: "hysterical...screaming in the street".
The fundamental question of nature versus nurture has been hotly contested throughout history.
But do you have any way to tease out nature versus nurture in understanding the association?"