"The contentious nature - versus - nurture debate:"


Kaersage"There is no gene-controlled inheritable trait that cannot be altered by the environment. Similarly, the genetic makeup of the organism can overcome the influence of the environment. Each factor can affect and alter the other.


inheritance Kaersage environment


Humans enter the world as a work in progress. In some cases, the culture or environment into which the a person is born more strongly determines his or her responses to the vagaries of life, and sometimes responses are more influenced by the genes he or she has inherited. Nature / nurture is not an either or duality but, rather, represents a 'both / and' type of complementarity."


Leonard Shlain, M.D., Sex, Time and Power, p. xvi


Dominat Animal | Ehrlich | Annie Dillard | Charles Darwin | Keller | Brain | Other


What does, or could, he mean?



What evidence in your chapter supports or elucidates the alleged complementary affects of hard and soft inheritance?


Mayr on soft inheritance.

Keller, Chapter Three

authors on this subject

Aristotle | Bachelard | Bateson | Bronowski | Capra | Carson | Darwin | Dawkins | Ehrlich | Einstein | Feynman | Gell-Mann | Halley | Hansen | Hardin | Hawking | Judson | Kaku | Keller | Lewontin | Margulis | Newton | Occam | Schmidt | Steingraber | Tattersall | Thomas


Evidence for not sure | Evidence against