Environmental Influence on Human Nature
Like Dupré stated in his article On Human Nature, I also believe that human nature is the result of a complex interplay of our genes and environment. So, human nature is then essentially individual nature, as each individual’s experiences and histories are different. Even more than just that, our environments during our formative years of development would be different as well, contributing to the variability that we see in the personali...
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...h as the Navajo, operate on a matrilineal basis. As well, the self-oriented western thinking is distinct from the community thinking which is prevalent in East Asia to this day. When we look to the world now, there is still such variability and conflict between the norms and practices between groups of humans, such as women in sub-Saharan Africa who victimize their daughters through female genital mutilation because it is the cultural norm versus the those in the western world who detest and aid in the prevention of FGM through multinationals such as the World Health Organization. With such a degree of conflict between ‘normality’ for the discovered and uncontacted cultures, how can we even come up with one set of characteristics to define human nature? The lack of ability to include all humans into one set dissuades me from believing that human nature exists at all.
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