Originally Posted by entropymachine
Its your legitimate opinion, but i totally disagree with that and i think that's one of the great fallacies of the western civilization in the last century. That, along with the myth that one can become a master overnight is one of the reasons the idea that hard work is overrated got generalized and that its not a matter of what you know or what you did, but who you know.
Actually, this nurture vs nature debate is going for quite a while, and the biggest problem with it is that it totally controversial once we understand the root cause. This is the debate where people are afraid of the answer. Specially if used wrongly.
The thing is, we cannot escape the nature portion of it. If beauty allow someone to earn 1 million USD at the age 16 for being a model for a few product advertising, we accept it because we CAN SEE it, even though we understand that beauty is nature. But if someone can get a Master at the age of 14 or something, suddenly there is all kind of group. Some said that it the result of hard work, and some say its genetic.
Recently I'm been following this blog.
The reason is that their parent moved to Malaysia (my country), specifically Kuala Lumpur or Selangor (where I'm staying now, KL).
We must understand that if nature can give us people with down syndrome, then nature can also give us the exact opposite.
I personally follow both school of thought. I think nature is just like rich/poor parent.
you can have rich parent and still fail (drug, suicide, etc).
you can have poor parent and still successful (just google rag to riches, the real one, that is)
but if you have rich parent and you really want to be succesful, then its MUCH easier for you.
if your parent are not, then its much harder. For example if you have to work part time, that equal less time on your education.
And at times, life can really throw you a curve ball. Like death of parent, having to take care of siblings, child abuse, etc.
Now you can replace "rich/poor parent" with "many/less talent" and you get my idea.
And this nature vs nurture really goes into complex mode and gender are thrown in. People can readily accept that gender affect strength, to a point qualification are lowered when it come to admission in army, police, firefighter etc. There are even talks about multitasking, attention to detail, etc. But I think I should stop here and let you google, read and understand thing yourself. But let just say this, once people start saying gender affect more than strength, thing are really a problematic storm.