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Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1402
  1. Marga Hogenboom, general practitioner (
  1. Aberdeen

    Matt Ridley reminds us that it was Francis Galton who began the nurture versus nature debate, in the 19th century. Galton, who was half cousin to Charles Darwin, also “invented” eugenics, the striving to improve the human race through “selective breeding.”

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    Matt Ridley

    Fourth Estate, £18.99, pp 328 ISBN 1 84115 745 7

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    This debate—nurture versus nature—has more or less dominated the 20th century. At the two extremes were Stalin, with his communistic ideas about the influence of education and environment, and Hitler, with his eugenic ideas about …

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