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Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:18:30 -0800
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On Tue, 2017-01-03 at 13:09 -0800, Scott Holmes wrote:
>   I can't recall anything about the nature/nurture debate in
> Twain's writings.

Very badly phrased.  I am very much aware that instances of nature and
nurture occur in Twain's writings, quite frequently actually.  I really
meant to say that I could not tell if Twain came out on one side or the
other.  As Martin Zehr has indicated he may have come out on the
nurture side.  Nevertheless, Twain did recognize the nature side of the
argument.  As regards the native Tasmanians:  "These were indeed
wonderful people, the natives. They ought not to have been wasted. They
should have been crossed with the Whites. It would have improved the
Whites and done the Natives no harm."

 There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of
                          in your philosophy.