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The Nurture Theory : David Reimer

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The way genes are arranged in each cell within us determine the different features that we have, physical attributes like eye color, hair color, ear size, height, and other traits. However, it is still not known whether the more complex attributes like personality, intelligence, sexual orientation, likes and dislikes are gene-coded in our DNA, too. Some philosophers such as Plato and Descartes suggested that certain things are inborn, or that they occur naturally regardless of environmental influences. Nativists take the position that all or most behaviors and characteristics are the results of inheritance. Advocates of this point of view believe that all our characteristics and behaviors are the result of evolution. Genetic traits handed down from parents influence the individual differences that make each person unique. Nurture The nurture theory holds that genetic influence over abstract traits may exist; however, the environmental factors are the real origins of our behavior. This includes the use of conditioning to induce a new behavior to a child, or alter an unlikely behavior being shown by the child. David Reimer David Reimer was born 1n 1965. David was born a twin named Bruce. Bruce and his twin brother Brian had circumcisions done at eight months of age. Brian’s circumcision was a success, but Bruce did not have the same luck. His penis was irreversibly cut off by accident. Scarred and confused, his parents consulted a psychologist named Money who at the time
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