nature versus nurture

nature (noun) “[T]he influence of our genetic makeup on self-development” (OpenStax College 2012).

nurture – (noun) “[T]he role that our social environment plays in self-development” (OpenStax College 2012).

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  • An oft debated topic in the social sciences is whether nature or nurture exerts more control on an individual or society.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Why Socialization Matters. Connexions, May 7, 2012. (