human nature


human nature

noun

: the ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that are common to most people

Full Definition of HUMAN NATURE

:  the nature of humans; especially :  the fundamental dispositions and traits of humans

Examples of HUMAN NATURE

  1. You can't change human nature.

First Known Use of HUMAN NATURE

1594

human nature

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fundamental dispositions and traits of humans. Theories about the nature of humankind form a part of every culture. In the West, debate has traditionally centred on whether humans are selfish and competitive (see Thomas Hobbes; John Locke) or social and altruistic (Karl Marx, Émile Durkheim). Recent research in genetics, evolutionary biology, and cultural anthropology suggests that humans may be both, and that there is a complex interaction between genetically inherited factors (“nature”) and developmental and social factors (“nurture”). Basic drives shared with other primates include food, sex, security, play, and social status. Gender differences include greater investment in reproduction and child-rearing among females, hence less risk-taking; and concomitantly less investment and greater risk-taking among males. See also behaviour genetics; Homo sapiens; personality; philosophical anthropology; sociobiology.

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