Nature vs. Nurture
The nature versus nurture debate is a heated debate concerning the relative importance of an individual's innate qualities vs. their personal experiences. Although both instances shape you as a human, personally I think nature is more captivating and significant. Although throughout your life you can have different experiences, and your behaviour may change, your human nature is still remarkably important. When you speak about nature, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is camping, weather and the outdoors. Nature is so much more than the physical that we see every day. In this essay, I will be arguing the significance of nature in human life. I will be talking about human nature relating to genes, heredity, natural selection, and in the body. Our environment can be directly observed and predicted. Nature of human beings, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Nature refers to the humans innate qualities. It is our eternal guide. We are all a product of our genes. We had no choice as to who we were as we entered this world. We were born with no knowledge or ability to care for ourselves. Over time, the nature of society came into play. That indeed did change us, but right from the beginning we were the same person all along born with genetic traits. The physical and personality traits determined by your genes stay the same irrespective of where you were born and raised. Quite often your intelligence can be a product of your genes. How you process information within your brain can be completely genetic. Although as you grow and mature, you modify your brain, you were still born with a certain way of thinking. Your genetic makeup influences numerous things. When you entered this life, you were given a gender, and DNA. Your gender directly influences the way you do things. For example, young baby girls are more attracted to pink than blue. (Dusheck, J. 2002) Why would this be if it wasn’t a direct result of our human...
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