Good Day piscilatovegetarian - I am not rejecting the idea of "innate ideas" I am just challenging the concept. I concur with taxes and reflexes being innate, and that evolutionary adaptation affecting genes which changes a species physiology (which includes the nervous system).
I challenge the concept of the following behaviors being instinctive and provide why I think they are learned:
migration - could be yearlings just following previous generations of their species
nest building - by observing previous generations building nests
imprinting - has been claimed by Lorenz as instinctive behavior which based on definition cannot be modified; however, imprinting has been shown to decrease with time.
I believe our conversation has digress away from the OP's question and I will either piggyback onto either an existing applicable thread or start a new topic on Instinctive Behavior
I wouldn't make a general rule out of it. Except intelligence there are so many other things to consider that such theory as in subject is simply incomplete and unfair. Like someone earlier mentioned the case or rabbits and coyotes. Rabbits needed to learn how to live in one neighborhood with a coyote so I wouldn't call them less intelligent. Too many variables. Environment, speed, weigh, tricks, condition, weather and so on and so forth.
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