Nature Vs. Nurture Debate Essay

1373 Words Oct 10th, 2016 6 Pages
According to GoodTherapy.org the definition of the nature versus nurture debate is, “the scientific, cultural, and philosophical debate about whether human culture, behavior, and personality are caused primarily by nature or nurture” (Nature Vs. Nurture Debate, 2015). For the purposes of this essay, “nature” will be defined as how history affects a person’s behavior, and “nurture” will be defined as how media culture affects a person’s behavior. This debate of nature versus nurture is an ongoing debate in the psychology field of study. In the literary works by Jason Zingsheim, “X-Men Evolution: Mutational Identity and Shifting Subjectivities,” and Evan Hayles Glendhill, “Superhuman Authority: Fascism and Bioethics in the X-Men Films,” they each take a side in this continuous debate. Glendhill takes the nature stance by arguing that our identities are shaped by history and what our ancestors valued. While Zingsheim takes the stance of the nurture side by arguing that media has evolved our identities by providing examples for us to mold our identities after or against. In Evan Hayles Glendhill’s chapter “Superhuman Authority: Fascism and Bioethics in the X-Men Films” he considers how history has formed our identities whereas, in Jason Zingsheim’s essay “X-Men Evolution: Mutational Identity and Shifting Subjectivities” he talks about how media culture has an effect on the consumers identity. It is clear that in both of these essays the authors believe that identity is formed…

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