The Nature – Nurture Distinction

Generalized adaptive strategy in the context of social interaction.

  • In the “human” context, this “plastic genetic tuning” of a relatively fixed genetic blueprint to a specifically fluctuating environment is especially challenging for the following reasons:

“Social interaction” is a highly complex ecosystem of relationship between aspects of reality in and of itself. It is much like the environment of this planet in that if there is a niche or a toehold or an “angle”, it is likely to be taken advantage of.

The behaviors of everyone then, from dictators to small children, to the “mentally ill” to those with special needs are all examples of niche strategies which also vary in how optimally they are expressed.

Every single interaction of each of these “selves”, even very simple social interaction simultaneously represent adaptation to environment and environmental fluctuation / further response stimulus.

This includes all forms of “group” interaction: family, school, professional, national, criminal, law abiding and so on.

Not to mention the (increasingly) strong positive adaptive feedback induced by the technological adaptation to environment / environmental fluctuation equivalence.

“Individuals” adapt to the specific environmental fluctuation in their locality by assuming profession, status, a place in the hierarchy of social dominance and so on, and plastic genetic tuning appears to be one important mechanism to mediate this.

The nature of the adaptation / environmental fluctuation equivalence in this context is becoming increasingly emergent.

The human genetic code must be flexible enough to produce response to this class of environmental fluctuation, since the generalized strategy of adaptation is for the organism to relate to fluctuations in the environment as they occur, and that proportion of fluctuation which is emergent is exponentially increasing.

The most successful strategies can be selected for using intelligent selection and or other group strategy and or sexual selection and or natural selection.

2013 Peter Sillifant

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