Yes it is a cover-up and cop-out. Nature and Nurture BOTH contribute to how a person behaves. To completely write of "nature" as well as that person's own ability to tell the difference between right and wrong and completely blame it on "nuture" alone is wrong.
From a Psychological prespective, I believe there are three things that govern who we are and our behavior. Genetics (Nature), Our environment and things we're exposed to (physically/chemically/psychologically (Nuture), AND our own moral inteligence and general intelect determine what we do. We are never 100% excused for poor behavior based on just one of those things because all are in play. You always have the ability to say "no" despite what genes you were given and what environment you were raised in.
There are very few cases, mostly feral and severely abused and neglected children that I would absolve of that or someone mentally disabled.
at 1:40 AM on Mar. 11, 2009