Twins

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Steven Pinker claims that identical twins raised separately are no different than those raised together, demonstrating in his view that the old idea of the mind being a blank slate is false and genetics trumps environment.

But does that mean nature wins the fight against nurture?

I can’t comprehend that.

My friend who is taking a genetics course says that every person is influenced by both their genetics (nature) and their environment (nurture). And, even if twins have the same genetics, the nurture will definitely create a variation.

Sure, in theory, if identical twins with the same genetics were raised in the exact same way, they’d theoretically be the same person. But that is literally impossible. Every person has their own unique perspective on life and interprets everything around them, their environment, as their own.

Nurture and nature work together. Right?

 

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