Letters: Jun. 23, 2003

What Makes You Special

Matt Ridley wrote about the age-old dispute over which is more influential in creating the behavior and personality of a human being, nature or nurture [SCIENCE, June 2]. With our ever greater understanding of how genetics works, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the nature-vs.-nurture debate has been too polarized. Nature (genetics) and nurture (training and environment) are so intertwined that it is almost impossible to claim that one is dominant over the other. Ridley speculated that it may be the way our minds work that has sustained this perennial debate. It has been true that when...

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