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ERIC Number: EJ935887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 116
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
The Biological Implausibility of the Nature-Nurture Dichotomy and What It Means for the Study of Infancy
Lewkowicz, David J.
Infancy, v16 n4 p331-367 Jul-Aug 2011
Since the time of the Greeks, philosophers and scientists have wondered about the origins of structure and function. Plato proposed that the origins of structure and function lie in the organism's nature whereas Aristotle proposed that they lie in its nurture. This nature-nurture dichotomy and the emphasis on the origins question has had a powerful effect on our thinking about development right into modern times. Despite this, empirical findings from various branches of developmental science have made a compelling case that the nature-nurture dichotomy is biologically implausible and, thus, that a search for developmental origins must be replaced by research into developmental processes. This change in focus recognizes that development is an immensely complex, dynamic, embedded, interdependent, and probabilistic process and, therefore, renders simplistic questions such as whether a particular behavioral capacity is innate or acquired scientifically uninteresting. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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