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Instinctive Behavior and Innate Ideas

Postby Gannet » Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:22 pm

Good Day Everyone

When searching this Forum I got three hits for Instinctive Behaviors and one them I used the term.

My current position on this subject as I stated before is that I do not reject it, that 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 (unconditional response) and provide why I think they are learned (conditional response):
    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 even when the behavior is inappropriate; however, imprinting has been shown to decrease with time.

I am interested in both pro and con inputs especially when supported by observations or experimentation.
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Re: Instinctive Behavior and Innate Ideas

Postby Gannet » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:47 pm

I just had a thought that maybe instinctive behavior could be simply a series of stimulus and responses where the response of one is the stimulus for the next and so on until the last response is reached.

Could this be a viable model for instinctive (innate) behavior?
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