Evolution in 4 Dimensions

Please read (again) the thought experiment regarding the imaginary creatures called Tarbutniks that we have encountered while we covered ‘The Behavioral Inheritance Systems using the chapter (pp. 156-161) of the book “Evolution in 4 Dimensions” by Evlonka & Lamb. Use your imagination and creativity to connect the changes in the behavior of the Tarbutnik population (waiting in depressions, building burrows, food preferences, courtship behavior etc.) after they become able to learn socially to the types of socially influenced learning that are listed below: 1) Social facilitation 2) Transfer of behavior influencing substances 3) Local enhancement 4) Stimulus enhancement 5) Emulation 6) Imitation Thus, your task is to speculate on how the changes in the behavior of the Tarbutnik population that are provided in the text can be explained with each of these types of socially influenced learning. The basic idea: “The behavioral change X in the Tarbutnik population can be explained by socially influenced learning Y, because…” or “The behavioral change X in the Tarbutnik population can be explained by a combination of socially influenced learning Y and socially influenced learning Z, because …” Of course your sentences will go beyond the formula above and you will provide descriptions, interpretations, and evaluations. Accordingly when you argue that the trasmission of a behavior can be explained with, say, stimulus enhancement, you have to describe what that means and explain which stimulus in your example draws the attention of the observer since the model was interacting with that stimulus. Thus, you are expected to provide plausible explanations for your speculations. This would require that you understand and describe each type of socially influenced learning in the list. Moreover, please describe how cumulative changes in behavior of the Tarbutnik population brings about a complete lifestyle change. As usual, use only your own phrases and sentences. Do not copy phrases or sentences from any other source.

 

 

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