The nature vs. nurture debate is an ongoing dispute within the study of psychology that aims to better understand the extent to which particular aspects of human behaviours, such as mental illness, substance abuse, criminality and IQ are a product of either inherited (i.e genetic) or acquired (i.e learned) characteristics. Like many things in western thought, great ideas came to fruition in Ancient Greece, which can be considered the birthplace for this line of questioning. This can be seen in the discourse had between Plato and his student Aristotle, who share opposing views on the matter Plato argued that experience was simply insufficient to account for all the knowledge and abilities humans possess. Because these things cannot be taught, they must instead be present at birth, that is, they are innate. On the other hand, Aristotle...might have been the first empiricist (Goldhaber, 2012, p.14).