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Feral Children

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Feral Children Ever wondered what defines you? Or perhaps you've felt like you are not in control of your identity due to genetics? The nature nurture debate has battled to answer these questions for years. There are no write or wrong answers in this debate but there is increasing evidence suggesting that nurture is playing a bigger role than we previously expected, this evidence is coming from individuals that have been neglected by humans from an early age, sometimes living in complete isolation. Other cases involve kids being raised by animals; in these cases the individuals have started leading the life of the animals, learning to communicate with them, adopting the same diet and more or less mirroring what they see in the models in front of them. ...read more.

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With no communication or loving interaction Genie did not develop (mentally and physically) the way a normal child would, she weighed a mere 59 pounds and she had a height of 54 inches. The deprivation of primary socialisation from birth meant that Genie never learned to fully communicate, develop a theory of mind, or even experience contact with another living creature. Frighteningly Genie could say some phrases like "stop it" and "no more" which meant that, unlike other cases, she was able to grasp oral communication. Natural light, the most basic of privileges our species receives was not granted to young Genie, instead she suffered the shackles of being house bound, in a cage, with the windows blocking out the sunlight. ...read more.

Conclusion

Genies physical impairments could be put down to the malnutrition she suffered and the fact that she did not have enough primary socialisation to model posture and walking to. Exercise is something some average human beings take for granted and often avoid, but to Genie this was not an option because of her surroundings hindering everything she did. Space wasn't something Genie had a lot of. Her behaviour was not 'normal' due to obvious reasons, but through our lives something that causes out behaviour to evolve are the primary and secondary agents of socialisation. Her behaviour could not change because her parents, for a long time, gave her very little indeed. Genie could not have any morals or values programmed in by a good story book or nursery rhyme and she ...read more.

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