Anthropology

Are we affected more by nature or nurture growing up?
Nature being a person’s genes determining their physical and behavioral traits and nurture being influenced by their environment (parenting style, education, socialization).

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asked by Rebecca
  1. Oh, my! That argument has been going on for hundreds of years and still hasn't been resolved.

    Check out some of these sites for information.

    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=nature+or+nurture+debate&psj=1&oq=+nature+or+nurture+&aq=0&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=1867721l1870374l0l1875265l1l1l0l0l0l0l111l111l0.1l1l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=d3080f2561ccffbc&biw=711&bih=453

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    posted by Ms. Sue
  2. I'm practicing writing an essay on this topic for my exam. Do you think this is a good intro?
    In this course, we try to find the reasons why people do the things they do. We try to find explanations for why people have different behavioural patterns and why certain people do certain things. One of the explanations biologists have come up with is basically because we were born this way. A person’s genes determine their physical and behavioural traits. This is known as the “nature” theory. Then, we look at a sociologist’s point of view. Most believe that we do certain things because we are taught to do them. They think that people act the way they do because they have learned to be the people they are. This is known as the “nurture” theory.

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    posted by Rebecca
  3. That looks good! :-)

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    posted by Ms. Sue
  4. Was i supposed to write at the end which side of the debate I'm on?

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    posted by Rebecca
  5. Yes. I think you need to take a position on this question.

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    posted by Ms. Sue
  6. Would I say something like this?
    I believe that people learn their behavioural patterns mostly from the way they are nurtured.

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    posted by Rebecca
  7. You could. But I think we are all such a combination of nurturing and nature that it's difficult to separate them. Human behavior is complex.

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    posted by Ms. Sue
  8. I agree, I know the answer is both but I am obligated to pick a side. But, in my essay I plan to show how both sides are true, but how one side can make more sense than the other.

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    posted by Rebecca
  9. OK. Read widely to find arguments to support your position.

    You may want to look into studies of identical twins who have been raised apart.

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    posted by Ms. Sue
  10. I found a good article in my textbook titled the "giggle twins". They were separated when they were younger, yet they shared many similarities. It says "studies such as these have underlined the importance of nature or genes in determining personality." Does that mean I'd be going against my own opinion?

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