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John Thorpe

(c. 1565–c.1655). English land-and building-surveyor, who also appears to have designed (though rarely supervised) buildings. He produced a book of plans (preserved in Sir John ...

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The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science

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...behaviorists like John Watson drastically restricted the role of instinctive or unlearned behavior in animal and human psychology. Since the 1970s, several authors—especially those adhering to sociobiology, such as Edward O. Wilson —have developed approaches to the study of unlearned behavioral patterns that emphasize genetic and neurobiological analyses. Within the new perspective, the notion of instinct seems to have lost many of the functions it displayed in the Darwinian tradition and in ethology. W. H. Thorpe , The Origins and Rise of...

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