23.1.13

"I" in the hands of genetics and cognitive science

The debate on "nature versus nurture" has been losing its validity and excitement with each passing day. In the next century, the debate, "genetics versus shared and unshared environments", has to give its place to a new paradigm that evaluates the broken human nature as a whole again within the frame of Mauss' (2005) approach named "total social phenomena" which was suggested in the beginning of the last century.

My thesis below is based on the idea of that the variables, genetics (biological) and environment (social), are infrastructures in need of each other and, in fact, influences on each other with every moment as collimating powers in all the micro-genetic, historic and evolutionary processes. The thesis is a result of an essay to explain the emerging of the concept "I" in the context of developmental relations between innate motivations and social interactions. In my opinion, Carruthers' and Tomasello's hypotheses about the uniqueness of human mind offer a consistent development program to explain how the concept "I" emerges per se.