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Postby Gannet » Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:40 pm

piscilactovegetarian wrote:Gannet, your concept doesn't agree with the facts. One can frighten the young of certain bird species by moving above them along a straight line an object shaped like a bird with outstretched wings. Other shapes won't elicit that reaction. You're almost like Aristotle rejecting Plato's notion of the "innate ideas" (built-in ideas, ideas we're born with) and saying that "there is nothing in the mind that has not previously gone through the senses" (in your case, at least as far as unlearned reactions to predators are concerned [actually, unlearned by the individual but obviously learned by the species and added to the genome]), by which he meant that at birth the mind is a "clean slate", a blank page.


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:
    antipredation behavior - by observing the reactions of others of its species to the present of something different.
    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
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