[ExI] Evolution - 'Nature versus Nurture', but random noise as well
ben at zaiboc.net
Tue Mar 24 13:13:10 UTC 2020
On 23/03/2020 21:20, billw wrote:
> Well Ben, what can we do? If I say that my height is mostly genetic
> am I wrong? If I say that learning my name is mostly nurture, an I
> wrong? How could I express myself without giving a lecture? bill w
I don't know. I don't know how to express it in a concise and easy way.
"is my height mostly genetic?" is not, imo, a valid question, though. It
seems to mean a lot more than it actually does. The same with learning
being 'mostly nurture'.
'Nurture' isn't the right word to use in the first place, and neither is
'nature'. We're talking about the interaction between genomes and a
dynamic environment, with many factors involved in both. I have no idea
how to conceptually condense and simplify a process that changes the sex
of crocodiles depending on the temperature of their eggs, for example. I
do know that characterising it in terms of 'nature vs. nature' is not
Maybe, as with many things, we need a new vocabulary. I don't know what
it is. I just know that the old one is unhelpful, to say the least.
Maybe a lecture is a necessary part of the process. Who just made the
jump from Ptolemaic to Copernican cosmology without a few lectures being
involved? Very few, I suspect.
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