Nancy Segal

Nancy Segal


Explaining Human Behavior: Genes, Environment, Choice, Luck

explaining human behavior September 2nd, 2017

We have all seen children who are different from one or both of their parents. We know people who are happy and buoyant; others tend to be depressed, shy, or anxious. Some persons go on to do very well in life and in career while others end up as suicides, in jail, or marginal at best. Why human beings do what they do is a fascinating phenomenon that people speculate about all the time. Even something as apparently clear and simple as height is in fact, complex. When it comes to explaining human behavior, we would do well to look to psychology – originally “the study of the soul” to discover explanations that are based in science. The results are interesting indeed. Read on for a summary of what behavior genetics can elucidate about you, me, and all the rest. 

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Our Constitution and Development

April 9th, 2017

How much of a person’s development is accounted for by genes, and how much by environment? Is there much room for us to improve ourselves as individuals by our will and our decisions? In other words, how can we consciously develop to our potential? How can we live a meaningful life of values and ethics?

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