An Endless Debate on Nature, Nurture, and Human Behavior

  • Dr. Jyoti Sharma, Prof. (Dr.) R.K. Jain, Dr. Vishvas Chand


The goal of this paper is to settle the never-ending argument over whether such behavioral traits are a consequence of nature (i.e., genetic inheritance), diet (i.e., acquired learning), or a combination of both. Despite the philosophical conflict between nativists, who hold an outlandish innate position such as attributing everything to sustainably grown variables (nature), as well as preservationists, who believe that the way humans are raised absolutely administrates the mental aspects of our youth's development through learning, it's indeed difficult to accept both of these extraordinary positions today. There are basically too many "realities" on both sides of the debate that clash with a "all or none" perspective. So, rather of determining whether the child's progress is due to nature or nurture, the question has been rephrased to "How much?" Which is more important, given how both genetics and environment influence who we become as individuals? This is the one-on-one question that has to be answered. In conclusion, but in no way, shape, or form least, determining the cause and effect is not a straightforward academic problem. If we really want to make a difference in people's lives, it's critical that we strike the nail on the head.