Friday, March 16, 2018

A New Perspective on the Nature/Nurture Debate

Greatness as a Manifestation of Experience Producing Drives by Wendy Johnson in The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent Or Practice.

Abstract: "We are endlessly fascinated by the stories of the lives of geniuses and their trials and tribulations in producing their works of lasting significance.  We wonder if they are somehow inherently different from the rest of us, or if they just somehow got a better start.  Increasingly, however, psychologists are realizing that this nature-nurture dichotomy is an inappropriate way of thinking about the development of excellent achievements.  Experience-producing drive theory offers a possible explanatory process: Genes serve to drive people to seek the kinds of experiences that build high levels of skill and knowledge that in turn fuel creative achievements.  This chapter explores how this theory can be used to understand greatness."

(Scott Fruehwald)

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