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Unformatted text preview: adaptability of the brain and its remarkable flexibility, he asks us to consider the extent we our experiences, our reaction [are] shaped, predetermined, by our brains, and to what extent do we shape our own brains (Sacks 303). Both authors agree that outside influences cause us to change the way we view the world, but to what extent? For the last century or so, thinkers have debated the theories of nature and nurture and their affect on human adaptation. By nature people ordinarily mean biology, chemistry, genetics, and neuroscience. By nurture they mean custom, culture, and education. How do Sacks and Gilbert contribute to this discussion? Does one author complicate the other? After considering these questions, use the articles by Gilbert and Sacks to address the following question: How does the ability of the human brain to adapt to significant events affect our perception of the world?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.
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