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Nature vs Nurture is a Policy Decision

December 13, 2011

Genes are triggered into activity or inactivity by environmental cues.  Conditioning starts in the womb.  The question of nature versus nurture is not an empirical question, it is a policy decision.  “That’s just how it is, it’s human nature” is always the voice of conservatism.  “How can we change the environment to fix this problem?” is always the voice of progress.

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  1. As Buddhist I strive to cultivate wise view, intention and speech which unfolds the noble eightfold path of liberation through knowledge (direct experience) and right understanding.

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