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Sophie F's picture

I was not making an argument

I was not making an argument for the supremacy of genes in shaping behavior. I don’t think behavior is rooted in fatalism. I think it is varied and unpredictable precisely because the interaction between genes and the environment may well be difficult to disentangle because there are so many variables for which to account that lead to any single behavior. It is more “natural” for me to see the correlation between one’s environment and behavior rather than one’s genes and behavior, so I suppose I was clarifying for myself that the role of genes is something important to be taken into consideration. My story is also evolving, I suppose. Either way, I don’t see “blame” as a useful or constructive paradigm through which to understand behavior.

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