Wednesday, March 14, 2012

365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 87 - Nature vs nurture and twins separated at birth

Day Eighty-seven of Twinipedia:

Fact #87
It's not a just a wives-tale or theory anymore. In fact many decades of twin research shows that if you separate identical twins, they still end up similar in almost all areas of their lives including their personalities, values, happiness, intelligence, health...  Genetics are far more influential in who they are and become in life then many people originally may have believed. 

The continues to fascinate us this week with their article Strange New Facts about Twins.  They discussed a survey that was done that looked at years of twin research.  "Bryan Caplan, an economist from George Mason University found in this 'twin' survey that 'practically everything — health, intelligence, happiness, success, personality, values, interests — is partly genetic.'  And that "Twins separated-at-birth...are "very similar on almost every count."

Elaine Allin (left) and Mary Holmes together
again after 30 years of separation

And the Nature vs Nurture debate continues...

Here is a fun story of Identical twin sisters united after years of separation and the joy they felt when they were reconnected... ENJOY! 

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