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Are we products of nature or nurture?

There is a longstanding debate about what factors contribute to forming each human being's identity. Some argue that genes singlehandedly determine our identity, while others claim that our environment does so. Although psychologists regard some combination of these two factors (i.e. nature and nurture) as what shapes us, there is little consensus on the issue. Which aspect is the most significant force in terms of who we become in life?

Nature is more important than nurture

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.

Although our environment influences us, genes determine how it affects us. For this reason, nature is more important than nurture. 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 nature and nurture. 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
This page was last edited on Monday, 10 Aug 2020 at 10:35 UTC