Once again the age-old argument between nature and nurture has gotten an airing, with the Jamaican sprinters playing the experiment under the microscope. Check out this article from yesterday’s New York Times (arguing in favor of a cultural explanation) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/14/opinion/sunday/the-secret-of-jamaicas-runners.html?emc=edit_th_20160814&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=74068041&_r=0
and then compare it to the discussion on Jamaican sprinters in David Epstein’s excellent book, The Sports Gene.
The answer to this probably is what it has been for a long time: both nature and nurture together play a strong role in shaping who we are.
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