Human behavior is shaped largely if not totally by the environment around them
Human behavior is shaped by the individual and has no relationship to the environment.
My first proposal was gibberish when I tried to say it, so this idea is more basic and narrow. I had this idea in my head while writing the first proposal but thought I had insubstantial evidence to support it. That was a dumb idea, there is plenty of material from the course and from psych to support this. I will use Abbey's environmental descriptions (the desert, yadda yadda), the humans aboard the Oankali ship environment, and natural earth in general (not just specifically the desert like Abbey) as outlined by Darwin as my environments.
My argument says very basically, humanity can only behave in certain ways in certain places. The environment plays a role in this behavior and shapes it majorly.
Previous Draft Use:
Although most of this essay will be newly written work not from previous drafts, I plan to use small parts of my second revision on the Oankali and humans to make up some of my argument on landscape or biology. Because this second revision has a lot to do with Oankali versus human differences, I will make use of small parts of its ideas within a larger work. I may also use ideas or small pieces of my first revision as it talked a lot about abbey and the desert, which is one of my landscapes which determines human behavior. This essay will be written mostly anew though.
The sense of self, the reflexes, the reaction to stimuli, perception, behavior, shared fears; all these mechanisms arise out of the environment around a human. The environment of time and space humanity exists in currently is finite, and that determines more than most think about. Many psychologists have fully or at least in part, devoted their work and time to explaining the environmental effect that humans experience, and many others have called this theory false. Environmental psychology, or thee theory that human behavior is a direct product of their environment, has been proven, through both novels and major psychologists and their works to be true in explaining human behavior all the time.
Possible Sources And Why I Might Choose Them:
Why: He uses the environment as the way humans are able to set up a sense of self. He also has useful material on perception. He also works well with Abbey because Abbey mentions him directly, and although Abbey claims to be Anti-Kantian, he truly is, which can be proven.
Christian von Ehrenfels, David Hume, and others who developed Gestalt theory:
Why: Gestalt theory is that humanity has a tendency to organize the world into parts and to see them all together making up a whole. Because the world is existing, humans must then break its stimuli into parts and categories, which is another way humanity is influenced by the environment.
Why: This metaphysical philosopher had a ton to do with the environment and the two famous questions of metaphysics "is there something there?" and "what is it like?" This naturally had a lot to do with the world and environment that humans live in. The mere act of questioning our environment leads to the assumption that our environment has some influence upon us.
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1990. Paperback Edition.
Why: Abbey and the environment have a lot of interaction which I would use in this work. My first revision has some relevant parts that use this work as well because it talks a lot about the desert and what the desert makes Abbey believe about the world and himself.
Why: His whole theory of natural selection and evolution was based upon human and animal behavior in the environment and how favorable traits give organisms the upper hand in certain environments.
Butler, O. (1997). Family. In Dawn (2nd ed., Vol. 1, p. 85). New York: Aspect/Warner Books.
Why: The alien landscape and behavior of the humans within it is useful in showing how a normal environment leads to normal behavior while a different environment totally flips the script.