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Galton and William James

**What was Galtonâ??s â??nature-nurtureâ? controversy and how do you see this as remaining controversial now?

**William James in the 19th century discussed his perception of â??The Selfâ?. How do you see this as related to 20th century schools of psychology?

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As you summarize Galton's nature-nurture controversy and how you see this as remaining controversial now, he proposed that there is a definite nature side of the debate. In short, he deemed a hereditary view of one's intelligence. He aligned one's cognitive ability with one's genetic or inborn gifts.

Since today's prevalent view, to me, tends to view both aspects are vital factors upon cognitive development, I believe it is still highly controversial and offensive to make such a rigid division and not integrate both views. For him or anyone to assert that a person's environment or his or her genetic makeup only impact mental processes alone seems to be ludicrous in our era of integration among theories. We know that genetics is important, but we also have numerous studies about environmental factors and influences as ...

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Ideas are given to summarize Galton's nature-nurture controversy.

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