Francis Galton first envisioned a science of “nature versus nurture”—a science devoted to understanding whether nature or nurture contributes more to human traits and a science devoted to using that understanding to intervene on those traits with eugenics. Soon after Galton’s introduction of nature versus nurture, scientists moved beyond versus and began considering how nature and nurture interact (now understood as gene-environment interaction). Beyond Versus explores famous episodes from the nature/nurture debate regarding eugenics, race and IQ, and the causes of depression; in so doing, it tells the story of the past, takes stock of the present, and considers the future of research on the interaction of nature and nurture—research that continues to make headlines and raise controversy.
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