Gender, Nature, and Nurture

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I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight.

—Samuel Johnson

NATURE and NURTURE came together one day to have tea in an outdoor café. As they sat and observed the people about them, their conversation turned to the nature of women and men. The following is a transcript of their impromptu discussion.

Nature: I'm glad we finally have a chance to sit down for a civilized cup of tea. I don't have to tell you that it gets a little wild where I'm from.

Nurture: I can see by the stains on your clothes. I don't wish to criticize, but you really shouldn't stick your fingers out when you lift your cup.

Nature: Well, I haven't had the benefit of your upbringing.

Nurture: Anybody can learn, with the proper environment.

Nature: It takes some native ability, too.

Nurture: Let's not start that again!

Nature: You remember the last big fight we had?

Nurture: What were we discussing that time?

Nature: Intelligence!


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