Nature vs Nurture Debate, Effect of Political Orientation, Liberal, Conservative




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“Ever since Hobbes and Rousseau started riffing on the state of nature and the noble savage a few centuries back, the nature versus nurture debate has been as much about politics as empirical research. Sure, scientists have their genome projects and their twin studies, and they talk a nice game about how extroversion or smoking is “20 percent heritable.” But most people don’t choose sides because the data convinced them; they lean one way or the other because their political views led them there – the patina of science just makes the biases easier to hide.”

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APA Citation:

Johnson, S. (Mar, 2003). The New Nature vs. Nurture. Retrieved from

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