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Nurture is much more influential in the upbringing of a human than nature is.

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Started: 5/9/2013 Category: Science
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I will be arguing that no matter the genetic coding of a certain child (save for genetic disorders such as mental retardation), the upbringing and rapidity of bombardment with information imposed on said child will determine their intelligence and intellectual capabilities (eg. problem solving) much more than genetics.


I accept.

I will be negating the resolution by establishing that genetics plays a larger role in intelligence than upbringing.
Debate Round No. 1


tyedye1107 forfeited this round.


The most accurate measure of one's intelligence we have is the IQ test (intelligence quotient test). Modern psychologists place the heritability of IQ at 0.7-0.8 [1], meaning one's IQ score is between 70-80% genetic, 30-20% due to environment. Already I've established that nature plays a more prominent role than nurture, but to ground this in something more tangible, let's look as what's known as the Abecedarian Early Intervention Project.

The Abecedarian Early Intervention Project was a controlled experiment conducted in the 1970's in order to test the benefits (if any) that come with rigorous early childhood education using all of the most modern methods available [2]. The study included over 100 new borns, of which about half were subject to high-quality early intervention education while the other half served as the control group.

The study followed up with its participants at ages 3, 4, 5, 6.5, 8, 12, 15, 21, and 30, and what they found was that at each follow-up, the IQ gap between the two groups shrank. By age 21, the IQ difference between the two groups was only a little over 4 points:

It's worth noting that psychologist Herman Spitz has noted that a mean IQ difference of similar magnitude to the final difference between the intervention and control groups was apparent already at age six months (note the graph), indicating that "4 1/2 years of massive intervention ended with virtually no effect." [3] Even if the 4.5 IQ point gap was due to the project, a gap that small is not considered to be statistically significant, as the standard deviation for IQ is 15 points [4]. Finally, by age 30, the IQ difference between the two groups was no longer considered significant enough to report.

As it turns out, genes express themselves more as we age, meaning that the effects early interventionism on IQ eventually get washed out due to genetic factors, further proving that nature has a greater effect on intelligence than nurture.


The science is clear. The vast majority of one's intelligence comes down to genetics, and early intervention studies have failed to show otherwise. In fact, their findings are very much in-line with my position. The resolution has been negated.

My opponent has forfeited his first round, so I wanted to keep this round brief to give my opponent a chance to re-bound should he come back. Hopefully this debate won't turn into a full forfeit, but we'll just have to wait and see.

Debate Round No. 2


tyedye1107 forfeited this round.


Extending arguments.
Debate Round No. 3


tyedye1107 forfeited this round.


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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct to FF. Sources were all wiki and a music video, so no points for that. Argument was hurt by spamming lyrics enough for me to leave that tied.