This semester we have been studying Darwin and his different ideas and theories. We have discussed and made our own theories about what he has said and what we have studied. I personally think one of the most interesting theories is the one about what parents and children have in common on the basis of traits and what we pass on. "Darwinism is a scientific theory about the origin of biological species from per-existent species." (Appleman 9)
We have all heard about how parents and children usually end up having a great deal of things in common. I think it is interesting to try and understand if these different traits come from genetics, or simply what we learn over time. There have been countless media examples of the common saying "like father like son" or "like mother like daughter". I thought an interesting one was from a 1967 PSA:
I think that this concept of a parent influencing a child is something that is present all the time. I think that it is really hard to say whether or not we are products of our parents based on what they pass genetically to us, or what they teach us as we are growing up. All of these are questions that were present in last years classes, this semester's classes, and I'm sure will come up many times in the future.
Appleman, Philip, ed. Darwin. 3rd ed. New York: W.W.Norton, 2001.