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  • Nature vs Nurture


    “Political conservatives have sometimes favored genetic explanation of behavior and intelligence while liberals have more often favored environmental explanations.”

    There are many examples involving politicizing nature vs. nature issues, but an especially notable example favoring genetic explanations of behavior are the devastating events in Nazi Germany. The propaganda aimed towards building a greater Germany by extinguishing all inferior races that is, people other than the “superior” Aryan race-so that a genetically pure race woould be maintained. This, unfortunately led to history’s most notorious and devastingact of human immorality- the Holocaust.

    An example of political leaders favoring nenvironmental expectations in behavior was the founding of Communism, which believed that humans were highly malleable adn docile. Because there was great confidence tha tpeople would work together for greater productivity, some regimes accompainied their revolution with massive indoctrination efforts. For example, in the Cultural Revolution of China and the two Russian Revolutions, efforts resulted disastrously, however due to lack of an individual economic incentive, accompanied by a terribly toll of human deaths from cruel punishments and miseravle lives, initiated by the attempts to “reeducate” the majority.

    DeWaal contend that “suppressed categories of people, such as minorities and women” should feel threat both from biological determinism and from an environmentalism that denies basic biological needs and tendencies.

    In general, minorities should feel threatened. Because their financial, cultural, or popuative status in an area come into consideraion, they are more likely o be susceptible to intimidation by the majority. Likewise, the concept highly connects to that of women.

    Moreover, women should feel threatened because generally women are naturally weaker in physical strenght than men to a degree. Biologically, females bear children, and thus their bodies expend more energy to do so. Throughout historical, religious, and cultural factors, however, people have developed a misconception that women are inferior and therefore, fragile to threats and damage.

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