There is a longstanding debate about what factors contribute to making human beings into the unique people they are. Psychologists regard some combination of our genes and our environment (i.e. nature and nurture) as what shapes us, but there is little consensus on the issue. Which aspect is the most significant force in terms of who we become in life?
Genetics determine who you are long before your experiences.
The way we learn is innate
Noam Chomsky determined that linguistic ability is predetermined by the genetic "initial state" of the Language Acquisition Device.Explore
Genes determine who we are.
The world, or environment, affects us, but our genes determine how.Explore
Nature and nurture are inseparable
Nature and nurture intertwine to weave the complex tapestry that is every human being.
We are products of nature via nurture.
Our nature is the blueprint for who we’ll be, but nurture is what builds that blueprint into a person. Depending on who builds the blueprint and how (i.e. our environment), many different people can come from just one blueprint (i.e. one set of genes).Explore
One cannot exist without the other.
Just as we influence our environment, our environment influences us. Thus, we are equally products of both.Explore
We are products of neither.
Our genes and our environment shape us, but they don't determine who we are.
We shape our own destiny
The nature versus nurture argument is unnecessarily dichotomous. We are products of the choices we make, which originate from our free will – not genes or our environment.Explore
Nurture is more important than nature
Our experiences, or nurturing, determine who we become.
The multifaceted ecosystem in which we develop creates us.
Human diversity originates from the infinite combinations of environmental conditions that can exist throughout a person’s life. As much as everyone’s genome is unique to them, so is their environment.Explore
Our traits are learned
Albert Bandura used Bobo dolls to prove that aggression is a learned action.Explore
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