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===Early years===
 
===Early years===
Kinsey's parents were extremely devout [[Christians]]; this left a powerful imprint on Kinsey for the rest of his life. His father was known as one of the most devout members of the local [[Methodism|Methodist]] church<ref>[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kinsey/peopleevents/p_kinsey.html American Experience | Kinsey | People & Events | PBS<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> and as a result most of Kinsey's social interactions were with other members of the church, often merely as a silent observer while his parents discussed religion with other similarly devout adults. Kinsey's father imposed strict rules on the household including mandating Sunday as a day of prayer (and little else), outlawing social relationships with girls. Such a strict upbringing was not entirely uncommon at the time. As a child, Kinsey was forbidden to learn anything about the subject that was to later bring him such fame. Kinsey ultimately disavowed the Methodist religion of his parents and became an [[atheist]].
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Kinsey's parents were extremely devout [[Christians]]; this left a powerful imprint on Kinsey for the rest of his life. His father was known as one of the most devout members of the local [[Methodism|Methodist]] church<ref>[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kinsey/peopleevents/p_kinsey.html American Experience | Kinsey | People & Events | PBS<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> and as a result most of Kinsey's social interactions were with other members of the church, often merely as a silent observer while his parents discussed religion with other similarly devout adults. Kinsey's father imposed strict rules on the household including mandating Sunday as a day of prayer (and little else), outlawing social relationships with girls.{{fact|date=July 2008}} Such a strict upbringing was not entirely uncommon at the time. As a child, Kinsey was forbidden to learn anything about the subject that was to later bring him such fame. Kinsey ultimately disavowed the Methodist religion of his parents and became an [[atheist]].
   
 
===Love of nature===
 
===Love of nature===
At a young age, Kinsey showed great interest in [[nature]] and [[camping]]. He worked and camped with the local [[YMCA]] often throughout his early years. He enjoyed these activities to such an extent that he intended to work professionally for the [[YMCA]] after his education was completed. Even Kinsey's senior undergraduate thesis for [[psychology]], a [[dissertation]] on the [[group dynamics]] of young boys, echoed this interest. He joined the [[Boy Scouts of America|Boy Scouts]] when a troop was formed in his community. His parents strongly supported this (and joined as well) because the Boy Scouts was an organization heavily grounded on the principles of Christianity. Kinsey diligently worked his way up through the Scouting ranks to [[Eagle Scout rank (Boy Scouts of America)|Eagle Scout]]. Despite earlier disease having weakened his heart, Kinsey followed an intense sequence of difficult hikes and camping expeditions throughout his early life.
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At a young age, Kinsey showed great interest in [[nature]] and [[camping]]. He worked and camped with the local [[YMCA]] often throughout his early years. He enjoyed these activities to such an extent that he intended to work professionally for the [[YMCA]] after his education was completed. Even Kinsey's senior undergraduate thesis for [[psychology]], a [[dissertation]] on the [[group dynamics]] of young boys, echoed this interest. He joined the [[Boy Scouts of America|Boy Scouts]] when a troop was formed in his community. His parents strongly supported this (and joined as well) because the Boy Scouts was an organization heavily grounded on the principles of Christianity. Kinsey diligently worked his way up through the Scouting ranks to [[Eagle Scout rank (Boy Scouts of America)|Eagle Scout]].{{fact|date=July 2008}} Despite earlier disease having weakened his heart, Kinsey followed an intense sequence of difficult hikes and camping expeditions throughout his early life.
   
 
===High school===
 
===High school===
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==Career==
 
==Career==
 
===Textbook===
 
===Textbook===
Kinsey published a widely used high-school textbook, ''An Introduction to Biology'', in October 1926. The book endorsed evolution and unified, at the introductory level, the previously separate fields of zoology and botany.
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Kinsey published a widely used high-school textbook, ''An Introduction to Biology'', in October 1926. The book endorsed evolution and unified, at the introductory level, the previously separate fields of zoology and botany.{{fact|date=July 2008}}
   
 
===Edible plants===
 
===Edible plants===
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