Nature v. Nurture (was RE: Vicious Racism)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sat Aug 11 2001 - 12:53:37 MDT

>From: "Lee Corbin" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: RE: Vicious Racism
>Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001 09:13:14 -0700
>Zero Powers wrote
> > Of course I'm the first to admit I was very lucky in the sense that both
> > parents were well educated professionals who placed a great emphasis on
> > importance of education and hard work. I had the most important thing I
> > think anybody can have, good role models. If I never knew my Dad, and
>if my
> > Mom was single and on welfare I'm sure I would have turned out much
> > differently.
>You *may* have turned out differently under those lamentable conditions,
>but twin studies show that there is a lot more in our individual genetic
>makeup than is commonly thought, and this can include some of the virtues
>you mentioned. So you have been "lucky" not only in having a good
>environment, but also, most likely having obtained many beneficial

So is it nature or nurture? That is the question. Seems to me the obvious
answer is: It's both. My intellectual curiosity does seem to be a product
of my biological make-up, particularly since I seem to excel in that more so
even than my own parents. But I wonder at what age it would finally have
developed if it hadn't been nurtured by my parents.


"I'm a seeker too. But my dreams aren't like yours. I can't help thinking
that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man.
Has to be." -- George Taylor _Planet of the Apes_ (1968)

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