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Nature is the Most Important Influence on Human Development

The debate concerning the influence of inherited traits and abilities compared to the influence of environment on human development has been argued for decades of nature (heredity) and of nurture (environmental influences). How can I develop a persuasive, research-based argument showing the extent to which nature affects development (nature is the most important influence on development), with the use of scholarly resources to support my argument?

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This is a very good question to discuss. Nurture, on one hand, is the act or series of acts that a person receives from his/her surroundings that fosters growth. For example, if a person is bought up in a kind and loving environment, then he/she usually grows up to be a kind and loving person. Similar, if a person is bought up in a hostile and violent environment, then he/she is more likely to repeat this pattern of behaviour over the course of his/her lifetime. Both types of environments directly affect how a person develops, and both are attributed to nurturing. On the other hand, nature is a force that a person is born with suggesting that DNA and genetics plays a bigger role in influencing how a person acts and behaves. Traits and even chronic illnesses are clearly passed down from ...

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The solution discusses the debate that nature is the most important influence on human development.