View Single Post
Old 12-18-2016, 11:33 AM
The Other Waldo Pepper The Other Waldo Pepper is online now
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 14,912
Originally Posted by John Mace View Post
If it's not at least partly genetic, then why aren't chimps as smart as humans?

How could humans have evolved to be as intelligent as we are if there was no genetic component?

It's clearly both, since environmental factors such as nutrition have been shown to play a role. And don't think that the two (nature and nurture) never interact in certain circumstances, either. It needn't be a clean dichotomy.
Well, yeah. I mean, imagine you take two babies -- identical twins -- and you (a) place one of them with a family who'll make sure he receives the best private education that money can buy, and you (b) shoot the other one in the head.