Wednesday, October 28, 2009


This cartoon reminded me of a section in my analysis post regarding children raised in the wild. Trevor, as seen, was raised in wild by sloths. He therefore behaves like a sloth by hanging upside down.

There have been cases where children were raised in the wild and develop no sense of language, empathy or morals. I wonder if this can be reversed since nurture does affect human behavior. Before the child lived with animals, and now the child will live with humans. Will the humans eventually influence the child to act like a person?


  1. First off, just let me thank you for putting up this cartoon because it made me laugh and remind me of a few of my friends back home but I won't go into that. To your question, yes, i do think that eventually the humans will influence the child to act like a person. Since nurture does affect human behavior, the child will most likely become accustomed to the habits and ways of the humans. However, I feel that the principal nature of the child will always be there even if it is not seen on a recurring basis. It would be difficult to completely erase all of the sloth-like habits of the child since they were raised that way.

  2. Haha. No problem Jelly Bean. The cartoon made me laugh as well.

    Eventually the child may become accustomed to human behavior and not animal behavior, but it will take time. Going from animal to human behavior and from human to animal behavior are both difficult once the child is somewhat developed. It is similar to learning a language because language acquisition becomes more difficult in the older years than the younger ones.

  3. I love your cartoon. It is wonderful!! I think it depends on the age. As humans get older it is difficult to change our ways. I think an adult would struggle in society if they were "raised by animals."

  4. It is more difficult for older adults to change their lifestyle because they have been so used to it for years and years. Additionally, younger brains are more malleable, whereas older brains suffer from the aging process.

    Then again, some old adults have the urge to "start all over" by moving to a different state, country or continent. This requires complete adjustment and adaptation to the new environment, which I think will be challenging on aging brains. It is easier for a teenager or young adult to make this adjustment.

  5. I googled nature vs. nurture cartoons and up came your informative blog. I've been researching the topic because one of my writing groups had a prompt of "Nature versus Nurture." Being an identical twin and being raised together gives me the inside scoop. We do have our differences but our similarities far outweigh them. I am so glad I found your blog. Happy to be a new follower. P.S.I loved the cartoon too :-)