The Consideration of Human Development: Nature vs. Nurture

The rational development of the human mind is debated as environmentally stimulated and reactive or genetically dispositional. Man is not naturally evil in my perspective, considering that this subject touches on ethics. The conceptual aspects of nature depend on the selection or fate of genetic reproduction. What is rational and truth may be debatable but the chromosomes determining the gender of a child have been pinpointed. What can not to be controlled, according to the information made available to the public, is one gender being humanly created instead of the other. We are unable to create specific sexes. From a natural standpoint, one would consider the uncontrollable aspects of reproduction to constitute the majority of personality development. This being said; it appears that human maturity over a lifetime is strongly dependent on variables.

Take for instance, a family of multinational ethnicities. Externally, you could perceive one individual of a darker pigmentation and another of a lighter complexion. The two ends of the spectrum could produce any type of child, depending on the predominant genes carried by the hosts. Typically you would suggest; that the procreated being would emerge, most likely, a combination of the two – somewhere in the middle.

Exhibit A: Discover Magazines, “Twins of Different Races”, 2009 by Razib Khan:

“Seven years after having one black twin and one white twin, the 27-year-old mother has given birth to a second set of twins with different … skin at odds of one in 500,000.”

“One in 500,000” is still an anomaly, even if this phenomenon happens twice to one family (2009). However, logic indicates that the sequence should access all genes in the pool, therefore suggesting that these odds would decrease in the future – the next generation progressing the complexity of the genes. Ideally, a person given the most complex, or one could say “x” gene could defend most gene disorders, such as cycle cell anemia, if given the strongest offsetting gene traits. This could be performed by generational editing.

Exhibit B: “The Unnatural Nature of Nature and Nurture:

Questioning the Romantic Heritage” by Andrew Stables

The ideals we seek as humans have been developed over the years and our dreamers have weaved the intermediate verbiage that wove our constitution(s). The ethical content in man cannot be proven as subjective to genetics. As Andrew Stables explained, nature and nurture are of equal importance (2009). In this article he concluded, “that while education will inevitably valorise the human interest (variously realised), this should take account of humans’ relations with, and dependence on, the non-human (as variously understood), not least because the parameters of human nature are contested and unclear.” Human Nature is ill defined. How much of our persona is perceived and suppositional? There is much to be discussed on the nucleus of masterful thought. The elements of this equation rely upon the creative energy that surrounds us. When the influential strategies the guide our developmental behavior are dubious, the character outcome of offspring is set to be also. Stables called for higher standards of education, but considering the factor of debatable ethics and the lack of universal maxims for human rights – where are we to turn for ascension/enlightenment?


Razib, K. (2009). Twins of Different Races. Discovery Magazine.

Retrieved from:

Stables, A. (2009). The unnatural nature of nature and nurture: Questioning the romantic heritage. Studies in Philosophy & Education, 28(1), 3-14. doi:10.1007/s11217-008-9113-3


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