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Nature and Nurture

04 March 2009

Nature and nurture

The University’s Darwin anniversary celebrations continue next week as a leading American academic claims one of our most fundamental biological concepts is mistaken.

Professor Evelyn Fox Keller is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the history and philosophy of modern biology and on gender and science. She will be giving a lecture hosted by the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genetics (Cesagen) on March 11 entitled The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture.

Professor Keller will question the idea that we develop characteristics in two entirely separate ways: Nature, through the genes we are born with; and Nurture, through our upbringing and environment. She will claim the concept first arose through ideas of inheritance which are now disproved and persists today through misunderstanding of the language of genetics.

The lecture takes place on March 11, at the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales at 7pm. It is preceded by a wine reception in the Origins Exhibition Gallery beginning at 6pm. Free admission is by ticket only from or 029 2087 0024.