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Bernadette
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Instincts

Post by Bernadette » Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:44 pm

I was asked if instincts are inherited. Doesn't this go along with Lamarck's ideas which have been pretty much refused? In other words, tests to prove Lamarcks ideas do not give positive results.
Your thoughts about this are appreciated!

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Post by Darby » Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:14 am

Instincts, also known are fixed action patterns, are by definition genetic. You don't learn them, so they're not Lamarkian, and any learned variants don't get passed on - well, they do, memetically, but memes are Lamarkian.

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Post by alextemplet » Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:56 am

There's been some debate on this issue, but most evidence indicates that instincts are genetic. That would make them Darwinian, not Lamarckian.
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