Re: BOOK: The Nurture Assumption

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 10:25:53 -0800

On 1/23/99, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
>I'd like to unreservedly recommend a book called "The Nurture
>Assumption", ... Now, when I first read this,
>I thought: "She's got a few points, but I'm sure she's exaggerating, in
>love with her thesis. Parents do matter, they just aren't as
>all-important as people think." A few chapters later, she'd convinced
>me. Parenting doesn't matter.

On Dec. 14, 1998, I told this list:
>This book has gotten a lot of press lately, and the attention
>is well-deserved. The book is well written and persuasive.
>It has changed the way I think about parenting and about
>explaining a lot of puzzling social behavior. I strongly
>recommend it.

Robin Hanson   
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