Tag Archives: Nature v. Nurture

Four steps to interpret and move beyond nature-nurture (for a handbook on environmental studies)

My four steps to interpret and move beyond nature-nurture for the current draft of a 1500-word entry for a handbook on environmental studies: Continue reading

Nature and nurture in relation to environmental studies

Comments welcome on this first draft of the introduction to a entry on Nature and Nurture for a handbook in environmental studies. Continue reading

His nature, her nurture-or what good are conceptual critiques for tackling practical concerns about the development of gendered individuals

This 23-minute youtube video is a practice run of a talk with the following abstract:

How difficult is it to change the typical distributions of a trait, such as aggression, substance abuse, suicide attempts, as they differ between males and females? This can be construed as a matter of fixity versus flexibility in the development of traits in individuals over their life course or of the relative degrees of hereditary versus environmental influences on the variation between versus within groups. This paper contrasts the conceptual critiques of research of the two construals with a view to clarifying how they address practical concerns about the development of gendered individuals, as raised especially by feminist scholars. Drawing on my book, Nature-Nurture? No (2014), I argue that inattention to heterogeneity has limited critique as well as research under both construals.

The three take home messages are that: conceptual critique (of the forms I describe) clears space for focusing on the development of gendered individuals; this counters a persistent essentialism about gender; and these first two messages have implications well beyond issues raised by feminist scholars.

See http://bit.ly/ishpssb15 for text of talk and references

What has Nature vs. Nurture got to do with Nature vs. Nurture? V

My views have evolved since the unfinished series of posts (1, 2, 3, 4) that considered the connection between two different Nature-Nurture issues: the matter of fixity versus flexibility in the development of traits in individuals over their life course and the relative degrees of hereditary versus environmental influences on the variation of the trait between versus within groups.  I now see that there are five (if not more) forms of Nature-Nurture science.  This post is a placeholder for more extended discussion of how, in the long history of nature-nurture debates, opposing sides often assume, imply, or propose that these different sciences are speaking to the same issues.  Continue reading

What has Nature vs. Nurture got to do with Nature vs. Nurture? IV

Previous posts (1, 2, 3) considered the connection between two different Nature-Nurture issues: the matter of fixity versus flexibility in the development of traits in individuals over their life course and the relative degrees of hereditary versus environmental influences on the variation of the trait between versus within groups? (“Groups” here refers to males or females, but the question might be extended to socially defined racial or socio-economic groups.)  Continue reading

What has Nature vs. Nurture got to do with Nature vs. Nurture? III

previous post considered the connection between two different Nature-Nurture issues: the matter of fixity versus flexibility in the development of traits in individuals over their life course and the relative degrees of hereditary versus environmental influences on the variation of the trait between versus within groups? (“Groups” here refers to males or females, but the question might be extended to socially defined racial or socio-economic groups.)  Continue reading

What has Nature vs. Nurture got to do with Nature vs. Nurture? II

The previous post asked about the connection between two different Nature-Nurture issues: the matter of fixity versus flexibility in the development of traits in individuals over their life course and the relative degrees of hereditary versus environmental influences on the variation of the trait between versus within groups? (“Groups” here refers to males or females, but the question might be extended to socially defined racial or socio-economic groups.)  Continue reading