1935 Instincts

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Karl von Frisch, Konrad Lorenz, Nikolaas Tinbergen entomology Instincts



Animals like us

The opposite extreme from anthropormorphic thinking is thinking that we are not like other animals. In particular, it is wrong to think that humans have no instincts, that all adult behaviors are learned or follow from the exercise of reason and desire, and that desire and instinct have nothing in common.

Scientists claim that when babies use the same phonemes to mean different things they are expressing a language instinct that distinguishes humans from other primates. In my opinion, this, too, will eventually be considered anthropocentric.

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