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Wed, Nov 23, 2016 - 01:21 PM

How do humanists view nature vs nurture argument?

What do humanists think about nature vs nurture argument? What does science currently say about this argument? Which side of the argument does humanist philosophy leans towards?



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This really isn't a question of humanism; it is one of science. This hasn't really been a legitimate argument in science for over a decade since advancements in genetics has made it clear that all behaviors and traits have genetic and environmental components. How much of each depends on what behavior or trait we are talking about. Today, the real question in science is "how much of genetics account for..." and "what are the environmental triggers/factors for...," basically, how biology interacts with environment.

Update: Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 06:23 AM

The reason for asking this question is that if humanist believe that the genetic component of the behaviour affect our ability to control ourselves.

Again, this is not a question of humanism, but one of science. Genetics and other biological factors (e.g., hormones, sex drives, hunger, etc.) all affect our level of self-control. No matter what any individual humanist thinks, this is reality. I think what you are ultimately trying to get at is belief in freewill. There are different views on this within humanism. Here is mine: https://www.positivehumanism.com/tools/lp/author/positivehumanism/3/Exploring-the-F-Word-Freewill.
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Nitish Panda
Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 10:18:26 AM
@Bo Bennett, PhD: Thank you Bo! So all humanists don't have a single viewpoint relating to free will? Are some of them determinists and some believe in free will? Is the question of free will a question of philosophy rather than science?

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Bo Bennett, PhD
Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 10:30:33 AM
No, all humanists certainly don't share the same views on free will. I would assume, from my interaction with humanists, that most have never even given the issue serious thought. I would say that free will is mostly a question of philosophy, but one that can be informed by science. Science provides clues, but cannot answer the ultimate question (not yet, at least).

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