Nature and Nurture is an essay that explores both sides of the nature and nurture debate. It discusses important issues for both nature and nurture arguments and uses these foundations to explore the nature human nature. From a perspective, it stated how important it is to provide as 'close-to-ideal' living conditions so that humans and humanity can reach their full potential 

The life a human being begins at conception when the father’s sperm fertilises the mother’s ovum. It is from this moment that we form our first human attachment and our very first relationship. From this moment we are never alone! Conception is the start of our ‘existence’ when the first spirit enters our body, but not the start of the journey that is eternally forming our existence.

We quickly become dependent on the nutrients that our mother’s womb provides as the health, disease and nourishment of the foetus influences the conditions of the prenatal environment during pregnancy. As we begin to form our constitution, our identity has already become bound to the conditions of the past. That is, natural endowment ensures that the quality of our father’s sperm, the timing and fertilisation of the eggs, the age of parents at conception, the parental-blood relationship as well as the constitution, lifestyle, nature of development and physique of our parents all become contributory factors that shape our current disposition. We are further endowed with a degree of genetic information that is common to all members of our species as well as the genetic predisposition of our parents.

The reality is that following approximately forty weeks inside a void, that is the inherently empty world of the mother’s womb, we will soon become aware of and dependent upon the conditions of three distinct worlds that will influence our sensations, emotions thoughts and behaviours. Beginning around six months in utero, an infant’s brain is following their parent’s uniquely combined genetic instructions determined by the initial patterns in which our nerve cell’s wire together. These begin to form through foundation for who we become and organise to reflect portions of one’s parents’ combined genetic blueprint.

While genetic and biological factors are already mapped as pre-existing patterns within the brain that predispose specific behaviour given the right stimuli, the way you behave, act, react, think, feel and create is not destined by any predetermined, unchanging pattern. Members of any species display certain inborn traits on a physical, biological and mental level that provides them with unity amongst species.

Following out first breath, we will become consciously, and largely unconsciously aware of the relationships we form with one’s self, other people and our environment. We will become aware of the inherent struggle to satisfy our needs and desires, and our health and well-being will depend on our ability to adapt to the changing conditions of our environment. The success or failure, the health and ill-health, is largely dependent upon what happened before us, but we are foolish to depend upon the history of our past because we are living in the conditions that we experience in the present. The dynamics, mechanisms, logic or intelligence behind the moment is never the same. They are constantly changing and transforming into something new, creating a new reality. No moment is exactly the same as the last!

The way one behaves acts, reacts, thinks, feels and creates is not predetermined by an unchanging pattern, but we add to the hardwired framework every time we learn something new or forge additional neural connections of our own. Individuals can add to our connections through the complex interplay of learning, experiencing from our environment, repetition and practice, as we add new circuits to our neural architecture so that we can further modify and design a progressive new self. When nature is ailing you, one looks first to the environment for the cause but when we provide a healthy and productive environment, all point sources, from cells to individuals thrive. When the environment is less than optimal, these structures falter. Nature is simply preparing the child to best survive in the environment which they are born.

 

The aim of life is to fill every moment with a positive intention, overcome destructive emotional reactions and fill our lives with wholesome thoughts. If only if it were that easy you may say, because there are so many forces influencing our current situation and it is not easy to escape the conditions of the past. A human’s life therefore becomes a challenge to identify and overcome the barriers that are stopping one from fulfilling their full potential and reaching a state of wholeness, one of health, happiness, contentment, satisfaction and wellbeing.

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The Nature Vs Nurture Debate

The nature vs nurture debate explores both the arguments for nature (e.g genetic materialism), but explains that in an environment with evidence from epigenetics, neuroplasticity and psychneuroimmunology for example, there is now enough of an evidence to say that organisms are not solely predestined by our hereditary patterns but environment also plays an extremely important part. 

  • The Nature Vs Nurture Debate

  • Arguments for Nature

  • Arguments For Nurture

The Nature of Nature

Nature explores the fundamental nature of our human nature. It explores how one's physical, mental and social identities play a big role, however one's conditioning and belief systems shape patterns that are very hard to change later in life. Nature explores the various influences related to conception and prenatal explores and follows the human journey through their growth, development, learning and experience as this is important to human behaviour, the way the communicate and interact with others.

 

  • What is Human Nature?

  • Identity

  • Prenatal & Conception

  • Conditioning & Biases

  • Belief Systems

  • Human Development & Transitions

  • Learning & Experience

  • Human Behavior, Language & Communication:

The Nature of Nurture

The Nature of Nurture outlines some of the environment that shape a humans life. It explores the natural, domestic, social, cultural and virtual environments emphasising the importance of the social network and building optimal living conditions and lifestyles to meet our physical, emotional, cognitive, non-ordinary and environmental needs.

  • The Nature of Nurture

  • The Natural Environment

  • The Living Environment

  • The Social Network

  • The Virtual Environment

  • Building the Ideal Conditions

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