Essay about The Age Old Question Of Nature Vs. Nurture

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The age-old question of nature vs. nurture is one that continues, even today to plague both philosophers and scientists. The question pertains to the idea that we as human beings are either influenced by our genes or our surrounding when it comes to our behaviour. Both sides of the argument have logical fact supporting their thesis, however a new thesis has a risen; perhaps it is not nature vs. nurture, but nature via nurture. Establishing the idea that our behaviour is based on our genes and that our environment enables our genes to react or “turn on.” So while, genes may influence ones behaviour it is only through a specific environment that they are able to do so. While the debate still remains, we are now able to explore a new category when debating the age-old question of nature vs. nurture.
Noam Chomsky, a scientist and philosopher born in 1928 and died in 2008, was an activist in the idea that it was nature that determined our behavioural output. He stated that, “humans are born with the capacity for grammar.” (Noam Chomsky, pg. 1) That it is through our genes that we are able to talk and that it is our genes that allow us to learn language and comprehend one another. He states that it “is rooted in our nature,” (Noam Chomsky, pg. 1) maintaining the idea that nature or our genes develop our social behavioural skills.
While Chomsky fought and debated for nature, Ivan Pavlov debated for the idea that it is nurture that influences our behaviour and that the mind can…

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