Norwegian Comedian Challenges Myths About Nature Versus Nurture

December 8th, 2011 by Pelle Billing

A Norwegian television show by comedian Harald Eia has caused quite a bit of discussion in Scandinavia on nature versus nurture.

Generally, Scandinavia regards social constructionism as far more important than genetics and biology – but the episodes produced by Eia paint a different picture.

All kinds of phenomena are investigated in seven different episodes, with the main theme being that biology is far too important to be ignored, and very often a key determinant in predicting outcomes. Part one is about gender, so obviously that may be the most interesting one  – but all of them are well worth watching.

The good part is that all seven episodes are now available online, with English subtitles. Here are the links:

  1. The Gender Equality Paradox
  2. The Parental Effect
  3. Gay/straight
  4. Violence
  5. Sex
  6. Race
  7. Nature or Nurture

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9 Responses to “Norwegian Comedian Challenges Myths About Nature Versus Nurture”

  1. Enric Carbó Says:

    The passord doesn’t work. I can’t enter to wach the video

  2. Enric Carbó Says:


  3. Pelle Billing Says:

    Sorry, it is hjernevask. No capital h at the beginning.

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  5. Pelle Billing Says:

    Great article Eagle.

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  6. titfortat Says:


    Thank you for the link to these video’s. I have been watching them and find it incredibly fascinating stuff. :)

  7. Pelle Billing Says:


    I’m glad you like them!

  8. titfortat Says:


    I just finished the one on violence and I was stunned at how the professor actually could not answer some of his questions. It was almost comical how there was some dead air time while he waited with a bemused look. I always thought intellectuals invited open discourse on ideas. The professor certainly wasnt very open or comfortable with his pointed questions. :(

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