Beyond the Either/Or Fallacy of Nature vs. Nurture pt.2

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Quoting form NOVA (PBS):

“With so much attention on explaining behavior in terms either of nature or nurture, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco recently described a fascinating example of how heredity and environment can interact. Perfect pitch is the ability to recognize the absolute pitch of a musical tone without any reference note. People with perfect pitch often have relatives with the same gift, and recent studies show that perfect pitch is a highly inherited trait, quite possibly the result of a single gene.

But the studies also demonstrate a requirement for early musical training (before age six) in order to manifest perfect pitch. Time will tell whether there is a “perfect pitch” gene, but it seems reasonable to think that many personality and behavioral traits will not be exclusively the province of nature or nurture, but rather an inextricable combination of both.”

Nature vs. Nurture Revisited – NOVA

Linear Thinking and Causality Loops. On a larger scale the cause-effect relationships made in traditional fields (mostly linear thinking) may also need to be reconsidered. The linear logic (A causes B – period) will need to be revisited to recognize causation-loops that lare more complex.

Related in this blog:

Beyond the Either/Or Fallacy of Nature vs. Nurture pt.1 – 10/13/2007

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Daniel Montano
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Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect

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One thought on “Beyond the Either/Or Fallacy of Nature vs. Nurture pt.2

  1. I am doing a research on the same topic and I find it really interesting how identical twin who grew up in different environemts and were reunited later differ in some characteristics but still have some commom traits. This shows how important inheritence is but still we cannot ignore the impact of surroundings, as we can also see siblings growing up together but developing different personalities. If anyone knows a situatuion like those please tell me, I need it for my research.

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