Most of who we are is a result of the interaction of our genes and our experiences. In some cases, the genes are more important; while in others the environment is more crucial…the issue is not nature versus nurture. It is the balance between nature and nurture. (Ratey, John J., MD. A User’s Guide to the Brain. p 31-34. NY: Vintage Books, 2002.)

Genetic inheritance exerts its influence within an environment. Thus, the environment must be conducive to the development of a particular talent (regardless of how powerful the genetic inheritance). For example, a musical talent is honed among people who appreciate music and help the individual further his/her talents. In another environment the talent might wither. (Restak, Richard, MD. The New Brain. p 26-29. PA: Rodale, 2003.)

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