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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 origins of the nature versus nurture debate date back far beyond the past 50 years.
But this nature versus nurture story also has a very interesting point of view on violence and aggressive behavior -- co-writers Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell's screenplay consistently emphasizes how Chappie's true and inert nature (pointing at human nature) is that of compassion and a refusal to use power and violence despite the manipulations of his crime-lord foster parents.
Offerings included the classic Nature versus Nurture discussion; individual training; off-duty self-development; professional reading; computer expertise; previous (civilian and military) experience; mentoring; and others such as playing various types of games: card, role-playing, strategy, brainteasers, etc.
Nature versus Nurture is the fundamental debate in the field of human development.
A psychologist takes a new look at the nature versus nurture debate by examining research on human development from infancy on.
Chapter one examines the nature versus nurture debate and pays special attention to areas in which there are overlaps and consensus.
WHETHER Frankel represents the peak of the thoroughbred breed is a question of nature versus nurture, according to Professor Tim Morris, the BHA's director of equine science and welfare.
The debate of nature versus nurture and the origin of homosexuality and transsexuality are obviously at play within the multiple references made to the significance of nature's determination in the film.
com)-- Among several other themes, IN BLACK IN WHITE (paperback, ebook) looks at the idea of nature versus nurture.
We're not at a point where we can say for certain is it nature versus nurture, is it race or is it socioeconomics," University of Pennsylvania sleep researcher Michael A.
from] the stem cell research controversy, the nature versus nurture controversy, the evolution-creationism controversy, DNA testing, race issues, and numerous other topics," Kowles writes.
The nature versus nurture debate has been at the center of this discussion until Michael Michalko wrote Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques, where he addresses three main points that challenge popular societal core beliefs; 1) the importance of challenging assumptions, 2) creativity can be learned, and 3) intelligence and creativity are distinct.