We talk about nurture vs. nature as if it’s still a relevant argument. Science has proven the question moot. Are we a product of nurture (the conditions in which we are raised) or nature (pure genetic disposition)? The truth: neither and both.
Neuroscientist Daniel Colón-Ramos writes eloquently in his video-studded TED blog, about cognitive milestones in his young triplets, and a new documentary about a chimp raised as a human child nurture triumphed, but nature prevailed.
Indeed TEDS (Twins Early Development Study) is an UK-based agency dedicated specifically to studying nurture vs. nature in the case of twins. The following video shows their research into geographic trends for certain cognitive abilities<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/43642596″>spACE: putting nature and nurture on the map</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user12050904″>Oliver Davis</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
While the paradigms for understanding this complex duality might be outdated, the question is still relative. Relative and indeed important, because it speaks to the innate nature of sapient beings. We are born to connect. Or we are born, already connected, and our driving force is to discover and acknowledge these connections.