Sociology Lecture notes Nature vs. nuture

Sociology Lecture notes Nature vs. nuture - I Nature Vs...

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I. Nature Vs. Nurture The nature vs. nurture debate explores the relative importance of cultural (social environment) and biological ( heredity ) factors in the developmental process of human beings. Is our biology most important in determining who we are or is our social environment? Do we learn our character or is it determined at birth genetically? In all likelihood the answer to this question is a complex interaction between the two . Few would reject the position that biology plays an important role. Biology provides us with large brains that allow us to think abstractly (e.g., we can create things in our minds and build them in reality). Biology also provides us with opposable thumbs that allows us to grasp tools. Learning is also very important in determining who we are. The chapter on culture points out that culture defines much of what is important to people. Further, it is responsible for our ability to adapt to the environment.
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