Monday, July 20, 2009
The Nature/Nuture Debate and a Big So What?
Why do we insist upon limiting our study of human beings to information gleaned from genetics and environment? If we take a reductionist approach, we are already limiting the scope in which we search. How will we ever learn anything new when we imprison the enquiry into a finite field! How would Aristotle think through the contemporary debates of our day? What constitutes the nature of being human? What is the essence, and what are accidentals? When we say "he's a naturally gifted pianist", do we mean that he has the "piano playing gene", or that his parents forced him to play the piano until he was proficient? Ah...no. We mean something else, don't we?