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NATURE VS NURTURE

  The debate over the importance of nature verses the importance of nurture, has been going on since the beginning of modern science. Both sides of the argument have undeniably good points proving that one is superior to the other. But after reviewing the facts you can see that both nature and nurture have a great impact in shaping our personality.

             Of course, nature can only go so far, because it is unalterable. The environment around a person, on the other hand, is ever-changing offering more opportunity for growth and variation. Eventhough the environment is ever-changing, and we are constantly being exposed to new learning tools, one cannot deny our genetic makeup and how it determines are physical and mental capabilities. Our heredity plays an important role in which we become. For example, if a child has the genetic makeup to excel in athletics, then the child will excel more than that of a child that does not have the genetic makeup to excel in athletics. Then again, if a child's parents or 'nurture' supports the child that does not have an genetic makeup to excel in athletics then it is possible for the child with the superior genetic makeup in athletics to fall behind the child that does not. Just as nature may give us an edge in a particular area, without nurture, that particular area will never be performed to its greatest ability. So despite the obvious influence that genes take on our ability to perform some task, the parental guidance has an unbelievable influence.
             The environment surrounding a person is a very real and very important factor in a child's personality and views. The same baby raised in two different environments will turn into two extremely different people. Sometimes the environment is downplayed a lot, because some assume that once a 'bad seed' is born it cannot be changed.