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Are people born criminals? (Nature Vs Nurture)

Lee Watt 2012/09/13 14:16:10
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Are people born with certain gene structures that make them destined to be evil or is it all to do with the way they are brought up? Could it be other social factors that cause people to be more likely to commit crimes?
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  • PoliticalSanity 2012/09/13 15:29:14
    People are born with specific genes that make them more likely to commit crime.
    PoliticalSanity
    I'll bet there is only one politically correct answer here.
  • Lee Watt Politic... 2012/09/13 15:31:29
    Lee Watt
    And I would say it's least likely to be the one you chose...
  • Tastentier 2012/09/13 14:55:33 (edited)
    All of the above
    Tastentier
    +1
    The discovery of epigenetics has rendered the nature versus nurture debate obsolete. While there is a genetic component to all traits including behavior, gene-environment interaction has a huge impact on neurological and behavioral development. So the correct answer can only be "both". Nobody is "born bad", but genetics do play into it. As does environment.
  • lm1b2 2012/09/13 14:37:38
    Other social influences
    lm1b2
    +1
    Free will,evidently you have not heard of it.
  • Tastentier lm1b2 2012/09/13 14:59:11
    Tastentier
    +2
    That's what we have to believe (or pretend) for the sake of law enforcement. In reality, we're probably less free to make decisions than we'd like to think. But we can't condemn harmful behavior and protect the public from dangerous criminals if we don't maintain the notion of free will.
  • Lee Watt lm1b2 2012/09/13 15:16:37
  • Juan O'Mara 2012/09/13 14:20:45
    Other social influences
    Juan O'Mara
    this one
  • Lee Watt Juan O'... 2012/09/13 14:23:17
    Lee Watt
    what do you believe these social influences are/could be?
  • Juan O'... Lee Watt 2012/09/13 14:25:20
    Juan O'Mara
    parents not enforcing a set standard (but that falls in with another answer choice) muzak can play a big part in a youngsters life.

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