What's More Important: Nature or Nurture?

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I'm in bush [LAUGH] of course if you work on REF/g, you are in nature big time. Because these little creatures with the brain one millionth the size of a human brain with a lot of things they have to do to survive have to be pretty tightly programmed in order to get it done now have to get it right.

But of course it's extremely limited. It can only do certain things. They are like a great ice skater, splendid on the ice, but you don't know really what they are able to do otherwise. In the case of human, when nature and nurture are both intertwined and I believe that what we have in our beefed up brains is not tabula rasa, the blank slate that was way it was looked at by some many people who more so societies 30 years ago in which Experience was all, culture was a determinant, and historical circumstance was the source of culture.

We now know we have instincts and we're loaded with instincts, and the form of those instinct however is not insect-like at all. It is the propensity to the previous positions, to learn certain things. Learn them evenly and learn them quick, and you avoid certain things and learn to avoid them, even permanently as in phobias and the like, and what we learn easily and what we become in our emotion responses and the information we acquire within our society and from nature.

It's pretty uniform around the world and general principles because of those inherited predispositions. So it's the genes that provide the predestination and society colleges call them prepare learning or in the case they stay away from snakes once you learn they're bad, that counter prepared.

That's where the nature-nurture distinction and discussion is right now. We're not in a big disagreement anymore. We're just studying these predispositions and their genetic basis.