Lawrence S. Sugiyama (6500sug@UCSBUXA.UCSB.EDU)
Sat, 27 Jul 1996 16:15:59 -0700
I would suggest you read Tooby and Cosmides, Psychological
Foundations of Culture, in Barkow Cosmides and Tooby "the adapted Mind"
if these issues interest you.
Try too Dawkins blind watchmaker and George Williams Ev. and nat. selection.
It will go a long way toward clearing up the issues you are thinking
about. A friendly ditto to others who are thinking along the same lines
Fri, 26 Jul 1996, Jeannine Jarvis wrote:
> >Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 15:49:10 -0500
> >To: email@example.com (Jesse S. Cook III)
> >From: Jeannine Jarvis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >Subject: Re: Instinct
> >Please forgive a struggling undergrad...I jumped in too soon, before
> thinking through what I wanted to say and ignored the difference between
> *adaptive* and *adaptation*.
> >So, back to the question: is there such a thing as "maternal instinct"? At
> present, I would lean towards saying "no." Instinct = innate, inborn. I'm
> not convinced that maternal behaviors are instinctual, in any life form.
> Rather, I would go out on a (short?) limb to argue that maternal behavior --
> i.e., feeding, protecting -- offspring is a learned behavior.
> >At 04:25 p.m. 7/26/1996 -0400, you wrote:
> >>On 26 July 1996, Jeannine Jarvis wrote:
> >>"Instinct is apart from adaptation, is it not?"
> >>How "apart", Jeannine?
> >>Jesse S. Cook III E-Mail: email@example.com
> >>Post Office Box 40984 or
> >>Charleston, SC 29485 USA firstname.lastname@example.org
> >>"Our attitude toward others is not determined by who *they* are;
> >>it is determined by who *we* are."
> Jeannine Jarvis
> Northwestern Univ.