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Is Intelligence Mostly Innate or Nurtured?

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xMathFanxxMathFanx 83 Pts
edited January 1 in Science
Is Intelligence Mostly Innate or Nurtured?  

Now, it is near common knowledge that there is some level of intricate interplay between innate abilities and nurturing.  However, which one plays a larger role?  Please post your thoughts on the side that you feel is more responsible for various levels of intelligence in the Human population.  If you are of the persuasion that it is 50-50, than please come down on either side or both sides of the debate when posting.   Also, do you object to the framing of this question?--and rather feel that there is more to be discussed than explored here?  Please indicate as such if you deem this to be the case while stating your reasoning.    

Note:  We are strictly discussing Human intelligence, as the innate differences between a Human and a frog are rather obvious/trivial to reasonably conclude/suppose. 
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  1. Is Intelligence Mostly Innate or Nurtured?

    5 votes
    1. Mostly Innate
      20.00%
    2. Mostly Nurtured
      80.00%

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  • someone234someone234 153 Pts
    edited January 1
    Innate and nutrients based mostly. I mean nutrients literally here.

    Nurture can turn a smart person dumb sometimes but it can't do the opposite.
    xMathFanx
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  • Anecdotally, I think it's primarily nurture.
    Bis das, si cito das.
  • I'd say intelligence, as in knowledge, is mainly taught, or nurtured.  Wisdom, or commonsense, is how to best apply knowledge.  This is innate, however as knowledge increases it too often becomes over-relied upon and decreases wisdom.
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  • CYDdharta said:
    I'd say intelligence, as in knowledge, is mainly taught, or nurtured.  Wisdom, or commonsense, is how to best apply knowledge.  This is innate, however as knowledge increases it too often becomes over-relied upon and decreases wisdom.
    I agree here. We might have innate traits concerning our lives as babies, for instance, who feeds us and how to get parents attention, or how to move the body around, but all of our language, religion, and perception of the world are all nurtured traits that our parents or some authority teach us. If we didn't have innate traits, we would die at birth, but since innate traits are present before birth, then nurtured traits are more present in our lives.
  • In my opinion I believe that intelligence is mostly nurture, but it can be facilitated by innate cognitive abilities. So if you are born with better or higher cognitive abilities knowledge or intelligence may be easier to retain or to attain through nurture, but it doesn't mean that other people do no have the ability to attain intelligence, it just may take more work and time. 
    WilliamSchulz
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