Intelligence Squared U.S. Presents: Parenting Is Overrated
Where: Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
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212-772-4448 Price: $40
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What shapes us more: our DNA, or the way we’re raised? The nature-versus-nurture debate has drawn disagreement for thousands of years. So which one matters more? Emerging genetic research indicates that the scale may be tipping toward biology – but not all trust the research. Proponents of the “nature” camp argue that DNA matters more than parenting, and caregivers should look to their children’s genes to identify natural strengths and challenges to promote overall health and well-being. But the “nurture” camp strongly disagrees, saying that the individuals who rear us uniquely influence our development, growth, and, ultimately, our lives. Join Intelligence Squared U.S. for an Oxford-style debate on a topic that impacts us all: the defining factors that influence our growth and development.
For the Motion:
Robert Plomin, Professor of Behavioral Genetics, King’s College London
Nancy Segal, Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton & Director, Twin Studies Center
Against the Motion:
Paige Harden, Psychology Professor, University of Texas
Ann Pleshette Murphy, Author & Parenting Expert