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Nature Nurture Harmoniously Combined Over the years several theories of knowledge have developed and are currently debatable First there is John Lockes theory of nurture or tabula rasa which argues that the human mind begins as a blank slate and it is only through experience that character and personality are formed Opposing Lockes blank slate theory Steven Pinker an influential writer encourages his theory based on nature It states that personalities are not made but born and that each character is mostly determined before birth However these theories are now questionable several hundred years later due to advancement in technology and genetics Modern day science claims that nature and nurture are dependent on each other Thus a majority of the human character is shaped by genes and also contrastingly by environment In addition other researchers have generated theories of knowledge which unify the theories of Locke and Pinker Following the researchers Richard Herrnsteins and EO Wilsons views nature plays a significant role in shaping human intelligence and character traits through genetics Esin 1 Therefore humans possess innate tendencies and through life learning experience and nurture minds are molded John Lockes views on the human mind are based around the principle of tabula rasa white paper According to Locke Human minds are not formed by genes but through nurture and experience In support of this blank slate theory one can argue that personalities are not pre-determined but instead evolve over a period of time The blank slate theorizes that humans are born without specific instincts or patterns of behavior but instead that behavior is entirely a product of environment and society This theory was originally preconceived in order to undermine the superiority of royals and aristocrats to that of the slaves Lockes views encouraged human rights and democracy as a self-evident truth After all if humans are born with minds like blank slates there can be no inherited hierarchy among individualsregardless of gender race religion
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