Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?
26 Jul 1996 05:59:03 -0600
In article <31F7E410.firstname.lastname@example.org>, <Sisial@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>Gerold Firl wrote:
>> Instincts, in humans, are tendancies, not absolutes.
>Instinct is unlearned behavior, not a predictor of behavior (ie a
>tendency). Instinct is easily overshadowed by an animals capacity to
>learn. Thus, instinct is never an absolute.
This is a naive view of the learning instinct. Learning is in large part the
non-arbitrary information acquisition from evolutionarily relevant components
of an organism's environment.
Like the genes "versus" environment argument, learning "vs." instinct
debates perpetuate naive views of ontogeny.