Nature vs. Nurture

1406_Washburn_Human-nurture_spotA Jerry Zaltman passes along an article from the University of Chicago Magazine.  It is a feature story on philosopher Jesse Prinz and his take on the nature vs.nurture debate (along with an interesting little back-and-forth between Prinz and noted evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker).

Prinz contends, among other things, that emotions are hard-wired in us but how we display those emotions is governed by culture.  For example, even the heroic warriors of ancient Rome experienced fear -- but culture dictated that they react to that fear differently you or I might.

Lots of stimulating food for thought in here.