Nature Vs Nurture Quotes

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Madeline Miller
“You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

Malcolm Gladwell
“Our first impressions are generated by our experiences and our environment, which means that we can change our first impressions . . . by changing the experiences that comprise those impressions.”
Malcolm Gladwell

Terry Pratchett
“Don't tell me from genetics. What've they got to do with it?" said Crowley. "Look at Satan. Created as an angel, grows up to be the Great Adversary. Hey, if you're going to go on about genetics, you might as well say the kid will grow up to be an angel. After all, his father was really big in Heaven in the old days. Saying he'll grow up to be a demon just because his dad _became_ one is like saying a mouse with its tail cut off will give birth to tailless mice. No. Upbringing is everything. Take it from me.”
Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Thomas Jefferson
“No body wishes more than I do to see such proofs as you exhibit, that nature has given to our black brethren, talents equal to those of the other colors of men, and that the appearance of a want of them is owing merely to the degraded condition of their existence, both in Africa & America.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Needs are imposed by nature. Wants are sold by society.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Larissa Ione
“He was the ultimate experiment in Nature Versus Nurture, and she imagined he must be engaged in a constant battle between what he was and what he wanted to be.”
Larissa Ione, Pleasure Unbound

Vironika Tugaleva
“Day after day, more and more medications are prescribed for depression and addiction, assuming that these things run in our blood, when really they run in our patterns of awareness.”
Vironika Tugaleva, The Love Mindset: An Unconventional Guide to Healing and Happiness

Johnny Rich
“You inherit your environment just as much as your genes.”
Johnny Rich, The Human Script

“While genes are pivotal in establishing some aspects of emotionality, experience plays a central role in turning genes on and off. DNA is not the heart’s destiny; the genetic lottery may determine the cards in your deck, but experience deals the hand you can play. Scientists have proven, for example, that good mothering can override a disadvantageous temperament.(152)”
Thomas Lewis, A General Theory of Love

Dianna Hardy
“She's a she-wolf. Her nature demands she's dominated, even if she tries to fight it. She'll listen to an amount of force – positive force, not negative force. But leave the run wide open with no boundaries and she won't listen to you at all. All she'll listen to is the call of freedom, even if it leads her straight into a trap. Stop thinking like a human. She's a wolf.”
Dianna Hardy, Blood Shadow

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Virginity comes standard. A good head is earned.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“History and man made each other.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Sheila Heti
“How far beyond your mother do you hope to get? You are not going to be a different woman entirely, so just be a slightly altered version of her, and relax.”
Sheila Heti, Motherhood

“One brain’s blueprint may promote joy more readily than most; in another, pessimism reigns. Whether happiness infuses or eludes a person depends, in part, on the DNA he has chanced to receive. (152)”
Thomas Lewis, A General Theory of Love

Brian Spellman
“Babies are never suicidal. Hard lives, not hard boiled eggs do that.”
Brian Spellman, If the mind fits, shrink it

“Sometimes, I think that thugs learn to be brutal because people have been cruel to them. If you want to make a dog vicious, all you have to do is beat him for no reason. It's the same with a kid, only easier. You don't even need to beat him. Jeering and mocking him is enough.”
Marie-Sabine Roger, Soft in the Head

Jamie Le Fay
“I'm probably not smart enough to appreciate all your glory. Must be because of my genes. Yes, I'm definitely struggling to appreciate it right now.”
Jamie Le Fay, Bloodline

James S.A. Corey
“The problem, of course, with the idea of nature versus nurture was that it posed a choice between determinisms.”
James S.A. Corey, Babylon's Ashes

Thomas Page McBee
“Most of us experience gender conditioning so young—research shows it begins in infancy—that we misunderstand the relationship between nature and nurture, culture and biology, fitting in and being oneself.”
Thomas Page McBee, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

“In effect, we know from Darwin that there are only four characteristics necessary in order to get adaptive evolution, right? If you have reproduction, variation, differential success, and an environment of limited resources, you're going to get adaptive evolution.
When we set up an economic system, or a political system...*it evolves*. Things evolve within it. And if we don't anticipate that what we write down in our documents about what we're trying to accomplish does not have the capacity to overwhelm whatever niche we have set up and that we will ultimately see the creatures that are supported by the environment that we created, then we will never get this right. Because we will always be fooled by our own intentions, and we will create structures that create predators of an arbitrary kind.
So we need to start thinking evolutionarily, because that's the mechanism for shaping society into something of a desirable type rather than a monstrous type.
So let's say we're talking about a political structure...and we know we don't like corruption...and we're going to set a penalty for attempting to corrupt the system. OK, now what you've done is you've built a structure in which evolution is going to explore the questions, 'What kind of corruptions are invisible?' and 'What kinds of penalties are tolerable from the point of view of discovering how to alter policy in the direction of some private interest?' Once you've set that up, if you let it run, evolutionarily it will create a genius corruptor, right? It will generate something that is capable of altering the functioning of the system without being spotted, and with being only slightly penalized -- and then you'll have no hope of confronting it, because it's going to be better at shifting policy than you will be at shifting it back.

So what you have to do is, you have to build a system in which there *is no selection* that allows for this process to explore mechanisms for corrupting the system, right? You may have to turn the penalties up much higher than you would think, so that any attempt to corrupt the system is ruinous to the thing that attempts it. So the thing never evolves to the next stage, because it keeps going extinct, right? That's a system that is resistant to the evolution of corruption, but you have to understand that it's an evolutionary puzzle in the first place in order to accomplish that goal.
We sort of have this idea that we inherited from the wisdom of the 50s that genes are these powerful things lurking inside of us that shift all of this stuff that we can't imagine they would have control over, and there's some truth in it. But the larger truth is that so much of what we are is built into the software layer, and the software layer is there because it is rapidly changeable. That's why evolution shifted things in that direction within humans. And we need to take advantage of that. We need to be responsible for altering things carefully in the software, intentionally, in order to solve problems and basically liberate people and make life better for as many people as possible, rather than basically throw up our hands because we are going to claim that these things live at the genetic layer and therefore what can we do?”
Bret Weinstein

Lailah Gifty Akita
“We must not only observe but listen to the sound of nature.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“No expert was born an expert.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A genius is produced not by a woman’s womb but by a man’s efforts.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Penelope Lively
“Sandra stood by, quietly amused: she wore a sugar pink track suit with matching plastic hairslides in the shape of elephants. Edward could see quite clearly behind her shoulder, like the aura visible to spiritualists, the woman she would be in thirty years time. There is probably nothing to be done about people, he thought, nothing at all, nor ever has been: processed, from the cradle to the grave. Most neither know nor care, which makes it worse.”
Penelope Lively, Passing On

Siddhartha Mukherjee
“Ants have a powerful caste system. A colony typically contains ants that carry out radically different roles and have markedly different body structures and behaviors. These roles, Reinberg learned, are often determined not by genes but by signals from the physical and social environment. 'Sibling ants, in their larval stage, become segregated into the different types based on environmental signals,' he said. 'Their genomes are nearly identical, but the way the genes are used—turned on or off, and kept on or off—must determine what an ant "becomes." It seemed like a perfect system to study epigenetics. And so Shelley and I caught a flight to Arizona to see Jürgen Liebig, the ant biologist, in his lab.'

The collaboration between Reinberg, Berger, and Liebig has been explosively successful—the sort of scientific story ('two epigeneticists walk into a bar and meet an entomologist') that works its way into a legend. Carpenter ants, one of the species studied by the team, have elaborate social structures, with queens (bullet-size, fertile, winged), majors (bean-size soldiers who guard the colony but rarely leave it), and minors (nimble, grain-size, perpetually moving foragers). In a recent, revelatory study, researchers in Berger’s lab injected a single dose of a histone-altering chemical into the brains of major ants. Remarkably, their identities changed; caste was recast. The major ants wandered away from the colony and began to forage for food. The guards turned into scouts. Yet the caste switch could occur only if the chemical was injected during a vulnerable period in the ants’ development.

[...] The impact of the histone-altering experiment sank in as I left Reinberg’s lab and dodged into the subway. [...] All of an ant’s possible selves are inscribed in its genome. Epigenetic signals conceal some of these selves and reveal others, coiling some, uncoiling others. The ant chooses a life between its genes and its epigenes—inhabiting one self among its incipient selves.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee

Stewart Stafford
“Free will is never without charge and is costliest when an individual chooses selfishness and avarice over the common good. Some think animals dumb but mark the instinctive co-operation of insects while men murder and steal and tell me we are superior.”
Stewart Stafford

Stewart Stafford
“You could clone Elvis Presley and, while the clone would look identical, it would not have the utterly unique life experiences that made The King who he was. After all that time, effort and expense, the clone might choose to be a gardener instead of a singer! There's also the ethical dilemma of recreating all the genetic problems Elvis had due to his maternal grandparents being first cousins.”
Stewart Stafford

Ashim Shanker
“There are ribbons that ensnare, it
seems, though I cannot feel these
restraints: a tangle of shared
understandings, expectations, values,
and obligations that demarcate sentient
boundaries and frame the articulation
of essence. Yet, there is also something rather arbitrary and inadequate about
these ribbons and their juxtaposition.”
Ashim Shanker, trenches parallax leapfrog

“Brian White, scientist, on

Some people still want to believe that SES is the cause of intelligence. They see low SES children doing poorly in school, not going to college, and having troubled lives. We now know that intelligence is the cause of SES, not the result of it. One of the truly elegant studies in the history of intelligence research is described in Jencks, C. (1979). Who gets ahead? The determinants of economic success in America. New York: Basic Books. Jencks compared the adult SES of brothers reared together. He found that the brother with the higher childhood IQ was statistically more likely to be at the higher adult SES. The environment was controlled, it was simply a matter of IQ as a cause that determined how they did in adult life. Another excellent and more detailed discussion of the cause of SES can be found in Jensen, A. R. (1998). The g factor: The science of mental ability. Westport, CT: Praeger.”
Brian White

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A conscience is a self-reproaching program that is installed in us, not by nature, but by our culture.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana