Animal Behavior Weekly Journals

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Psychology Animal Behavior Weekly Journals #1 What is human nature? That is a good question that no one knows the answer to. While many people smarter than myself have attempted to answer this question, they have made little progress in actually answering the question. I find it hard, just as most other people do to answer questions about myself in an evolutionary sense. While I would love to know why exactly it is that I do certain things and am a certain way, I cannot wholly conceive that because I am looking at it myself, using my complex brain to understand my complex brain. Sounds redundant, doesn’t it? Well, it is and I think that this is a major factor as to why humans stink as subjects of evolution.Arguably the most complex species on our planet, we are the only creatures that scientifically study other animals in order to understand behavior and evolutionary principles. You don’t see monkeys sitting in their tree house laboratories studying mice to see if they can learn, or if they react in a certain way to different stimuli. This is because they have much more important things to worry about such as what they are going to hunt for dinner and what predators pose a threat in their direct environment. This is where I believe humans have a unique advantage. Because we are such advanced and intelligent creatures, we have, through both nature and nurture, learned to mitigate and simplify the basic risks and tasks of life that other creatures must be aware of 24/7. Thus, we have the time and cognitive abilities to do things such as study the behavior of mice and decode the human genome. Yet, when it comes to understanding ourselves, we have a real disadvantage because we are using our own complex, highly efficient brains to try and understand our complex, highly efficient brains and behaviors. This handicap has left us no other choice but to accept our similarities with animals and the planets gene pool and decipher what makes us unique and what has led to our evolution and specializations. When attempting to answer this question, what is human nature, we must drop our sophisticated egos and accept the notion that those annoying flies buzzing in by the trash are highly related to us and can unlock our heritage and tame our individualistic superiority. In doing so, we will begin to better understand our past, present, and future. And while some people may fear the truths that biology holds, they are fact and once discovered,I believe they should be known. #2 One of the biggest problems in understanding psychology (not only in animals but in humans as well) is this idea that humans are so much different in their cognitive abilities from other animals that we can’t really compare animal instincts and traits to humans. We like to believe we are the only species who can do math, or communicate with each other, or even listen to music. When we really look into each of these subjects studies prove that these statements are in actuality all false. One of the hardest parallels to make in terms of comparing
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2010 for the course PSYC 436 taught by Professor Justinwood during the Spring '09 term at USC.

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