Nature Vs. Nurture Term Paper

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Nature Vs. Nurture

Nature vs. Nurture Paper Emily Turner
HP192, 3/13/01

For a long time, scientists and biologists have argued over whether our behavior is
controlled solely by our genes or if the environment we are in has any effect. This is
called nature versus nurture. No one knows which one dictates our behavior or if it is a
combination of both. In this essay, I will attempt to answer some of the questions that
come up in this age-old debate.

One question is, if genes control behavior, then is an individual really responsible for
their actions? I think people are definitely responsible for their actions. I think that,
while our genes may control some aspects of our personalities, there is no denying that
our environment has some effects too. Our genes form us, but our experiences shape the way
we behave as people. The people we grow up with, specifically our parents teach us ways of
acting and thinking that we keep for the rest of our lives. A good example of this is
television. When violent acts happen, people are quick to blame all the violence we see on
TV, but why do some people act on this violence while others, who probably watch the same
amount of television, do not commit any violent acts in their lifetime? I believe that it
has to do with how a person grew up. If you grew up being told not to be violent and that
television was just fiction, like I did, then you can sort out the violence on television
from what happens and how people are supposed to act in real life. But if you were not
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