Nature Vs. Nurture Debate

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Nature vs. Nurture Albert Camus once said, “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” But what makes man what he is? Is it his sheer genetic makeup, or is it the way he was raised? The nature vs. nurture debate has raged on for centuries, but neither side has been able to prove their point indefinitely. Even today we see displays of the contrast between genetics and learned behaviors, in athletics, in intelligence, in behavior, in medical history, and in work ethic. Each person is completely unique, a combination of genetic makeup and environment make an individual who they are. Though the argument has never been settled, both sides of the nature vs. nurture debate hold enough evidence to make a strong case for their beliefs. Those on the nature side believe that all aspects of a person’s being are granted to him or her through the genetics at birth. Every ounce of ability, intelligence, and personality are derived from the ancestry of the person in question. Those who propose the nurture side of the argument believe that the source of one’s intelligence, personality, and abilities are developed through experiences in their life and the environment in which they were raised in. They believe the traits that are developed by humans are in direct correlation to the positive or negative environment where he or she was raised. Experts have argued over nature or nurture for centuries, but there is still no answer to the age old problem. An English…

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