Nurture Vs Nature, which is king?
I've been doing a lot of digging on this issue and remain unconvinced. After reading books that support either side of the argument (for instance anthropoligal works and other Darwinist approaches such as the "Selfish Gene") and remain academically unconvinced. What do you think weighs more on the way we behave today? Is it mostly genetic, or is it cultural, or is it a balance?
I believe in balance. We see the closest interrelation in everything around us. We discovered it again only recently in our desperate fight to save our planet from further pollution.
I also believe in interrelation of genes and environmnent in our behaviour for different reason. I was raised by my maternal Grandmother and have not met my parents well into adulthood. I met my Mother in my late teenager years and we have similar taste in books, music, food and clothes, our opinions and way we look and value life is totally different. Our lifestyle and the way we live our lives, look, behave and respond to outside world is totally different. We can not find a common thread to held us together. Many people tell me that 'I do not look like my Mother and there are very few similiraties between us.'
I met my Father in my thirties, we are very similar in the outside appearance and in many behavioural traits however our lifestyle and the way we live our lives, what we believe in and cherish is again totally different. Many people tell me that 'I look like my Father' but ' I am not like my Father'.
I finally realized that what i hold dear to my heart are all the values and philosophies of my dear grandmother.
Am I product of genes or environment? I think I am a mixture of both. A special original mixture and someone else on my place would be again a different original mixture even having the same genes and being influenced by the same envrironment...
I was writing a friend about my son and he quickly put me where I belong. My son is much smarter than his biological parents combined. Both have doctorates in the Sciences.
As I wrote my friend he said it has all got to do with luck. The right genes the right upbringing, the opportunities available..these factors are all important.
My friend was born in America, raised in Europe and did his college education here in the US.
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