This book seeks to go beyond traditional debates of nature and nurture. In this provocative, revelatory tour de force, Jesse Prinz reveals how the cultures we live in - not biology - determine how we think and feel.
This book seeks to go beyond traditional debates of nature and nurture. He examines all aspects of our behaviour, looking at everything from our intellects and emotions, to love and sex, morality and even madness. This book seeks to go beyond traditional debates of nature and nurture.
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This book provides a loud counterblast to the fashionable faith of our times: that human nature is driven by biology. There is an opposing movement growing, however, and Jesse J Prinz is its splendidly sceptical spokesman. Everywhere we turn, we seem to find experts announcing that this trait or that behaviour is innate, genetic or hard-wired. Reporting live from the frontline of the scientific nature v nurture debate, he forces us to acknowledge that we should think a little less about the human genome, and a lot more about human culture
It is astonishing how quickly nature has gone into retreat. Early in the book he tells us that only "a tiny fraction of articles in psychology journals take culture into consideration".
It is astonishing how quickly nature has gone into retreat. Until five or ten years ago, the dominant story was that our genes were our fate. Our fixed endowments in the shape of unlearned capacities, innate modules, biologically hard-wired dispositions and evolutionary inheritances from the savannah dominated the scene, with culture and history relegated to mere bit players. Prinz is admirably cautious about the nature-nurture dispute, which always has to come down to matters of detail and degree.
That’s because Prinz makes the central axis of his book the ancient dichotomy between nature and nurture, and . Twenty-first century science shows, in ever greater depth, that experience and culture shape our minds by altering the biological connectedness within our brains.
That’s because Prinz makes the central axis of his book the ancient dichotomy between nature and nurture, and then leaps firmly onto the nurturist side. Early on, Prinz laments that Everyone seems to think that nature and nurture constitute a false dichotomy – a dichotomy propped up by the equally useless straw men of biological determinist naturists and blank-slate nurturists. I count myself among the everyone, for whom the nature-nurture debate is over.
In Beyond Human Nature Jesse J. Prinz reveals that it is the societies we live in, not our genes, that determine how we think and feel
In Beyond Human Nature Jesse J. Prinz reveals that it is the societies we live in, not our genes, that determine how we think and feel. This is a book about humanity's power to transcend nature; and one that, ultimately, celebrates our differences.
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