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Nature Vs. Nurture

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Definition: The nature vs. nurture debate is a longstanding controversy about the effects of biology and social systems on individuals and behavior. The “nature” side of the debate argues that people are shaped primarily by genetics and biology. The “nurture” side argues that our participation in social life is the most important determinant of who we are and how we behave. For example, there is disagreement over whether men and women differ because of biological factors such as hormones or whether the differences are due primarily to socialization and other social forces.

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