Beyond Human Nature How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives [Pdf/E–book]

Sister of My Heart gOr evenender is shaped by the culture we are raised in the implication being that if anything should be hard wired it s our sex if anything should be hard wired it s our sex and if that is malleable then anything isBy and large I think he oes too far It may be that ideas about how much the ideal woman should weigh how much the ideal woman should weigh with the culture but I have it on ood authority that no amount of socialization can make a Rescuing Gus gay man not be attracted to other men The Enlightenment to Great War intellectual race between the English French and German speaking worlds did not seem to suggest that one s native language was much of a determining factor hence the Sapir Whorf hypothesis seems weak There may be lots of things that impact I some of them clearly environmental but the idea that ourenes play no role seems as plausible as the claim that our muscular strength is unaffected by Class of 92: Out of Our League geneticsStill there is something useful to beained in reading an argument taken to its logical conclusion and perhaps slightly beyond If Prinz usually oes too far he is nonetheless able en route to point out lots of flaws in widely shared thinking #That Goes The Other #goes the other Prinz s book also ives lots of interesting insights and introduces us to many many intriguing experiments done by others he has clearly read widely and thought deeply about the topics he is writing about The best judge of a book on popular science is not how much one agrees with it but whether or not you are better informed after reading it and Prinz s books easily passes that test. Hat we can t blame mental illness or addiction on our How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead genes and that societal factors shapeender differences in cognitive ability and sexual behavior A much needed contribution to the nature nurture debate Beyond Human Nature shows us that it is only through the lens of nurture that the spectrum of human diversity becomes fully and brilliantly visibl. K slate I m sure he would object to this characterization but he would probably not object to being described as thinking that his peers have one way to far in ascribing as thinking that his peers have one way to far in ascribing biology that which is adeuately explained by sociology Prinz thinks that the principal distinguishing trait of humans is their flexibility We can vary our diet our behavior our mating habits and many other attributes of fundamental biological importance and we can do this for no other reason than that we were raised wayIf you were to put it s ALL GENES AT ONE END OF A SPECTRUM AND genes at one end of a spectrum and s all learning at the other then Prinz is about 90% of the way to the right He does of course admit that there are biological limits to what we can and usually do but the list of what he thinks is culturallearned is long He does not seem to believe that I is very well explained by enetics and thinks instead it is almost entirely environmental He argues against the Chomskyan idea that our language abilities are a specialization and says instead that they are one aspect of a eneral statistical association ability of our brains He seems to believe the Sapir Whorf hypothesis what language we are most comfortable speaking in influences how we think He thinks emotions are not universal and hard wired but learned being substantially different in different cultures He is uite skeptical about the idea of instinctive non learned moral instincts He concludes with a chapter on sex and asserts that what we find attractive age behavi. Ature that nurture can supplement and supplant nature allowing our minds to be profoundly influenced by experience and culture Drawing on cutting edge research in neuroscience psychology and anthropology Prinz shatters the myth of human uniformity and reveals how our differing cultures and life experiences make each of us uniue Along the way he shows Beyond Human Nature How Culture and Experience Shape Our LivesPresented with a sort of pantomime nature vs nurture rhetorical style that all but overwhelms the occasional ood and thoughtful explorations of eg cross cultural differences in thinking patterns To that all but overwhelms the occasional #Good And Thoughtful Explorations Of Eg Cross #and thoughtful explorations of eg cross differences in thinking patterns To honest I found it interesting I wholeheartedly agree with the premise but rather repetitive and a tad dire Even the Good counter arguments to Steven Pinker s Blank Slate Counter arguments perhaps too strong Prinz doesn T Deny Human Nature But Claims It S Controlling Influence deny human nature but claims it s controlling influence been at times overstatedTightly organized well elucidated seems to cover all the round but I m no expert Calls into uestion the interpretations results of many earlier studies making you realize that much care needs to be Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi given to interpreting any study s results Gives us hope somewhat ie that we re not so completely pre determined A 1 on 1 debate between these two would be fascinatingmaybe there is one I ll check you tube later So you have perhaps heard of the nature vs nurture debate A while back Steven Pinker wrote The Blank Slate on the topic and early on he shared that several peers had said to him some version of why bother with that topic everyone knows now that it is neither entirely nature nor nurture Pinker s response was that everyone says of course it s both but and then they come down on one side or the other I am simplifying of courseJesse Prinz who mentions Pinker s book in this one btw does something similar Yes of course our biological nature has an impact buthe thinks we re a blan. A timely and uniuely compelling plea for the importance of nurture in the ongoing nature nurture debateIn this era ofenome projects and brain scans it is all too easy to overestimate the role of biology in human psychology But in this passionate corrective to the idea that DNA is destiny Jesse Prinz focuses on the most extraordinary aspect of human

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