Class Notes 1-26-11

Class Notes 1-26-11 - Wednesday Human Evolution Nature vs...

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Wednesday 1/26/11 Human Evolution Nature vs. Nurture – how you turn out is dependent on how your raised Instinct and genes = nature Upbringing, education, culture, experience = nurture Example : o You can be schizophrenic because of a life experience or because its passed down and in your genes Evolutionary Psychology How minds were molded by natural selection Human traits can be tracked down to natural selection (favorable wins as opposed to unfavorable) I. Language a. Distinguishes us from animals 1. Does it come from nature or nurture? 2. No fossil evidence but there is psychological evidence 3. It language developed from a program in our brains formed by our genes? 4. Or did we get language because we’re smart and have the proper intelligence? b. Noam Chomsky- scientist of language that says that language is an innate program imbedded in us from our genes coming from natural selection i. Evidence: Babies learn our language too fast for it to just be an instinct
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