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It is part of folkbiology that some traits are expressions of the inner nature of animals and plants, whilst other traits result from the influence of the environment.
Echoing the traditional critique of the innateness concept in animal behaviour research, Griffiths and collaborators argue that folkbiology conflates the issues of whether a trait is typical of the species, whether it is part of the design of the species, and whether its development is insensitive to the environment.
Just as there are commonsense ideas about physical objects and the forces acting on them (˜folk physics™), so there are commonsense ideas about biology (˜folkbiology™ ”
More important is having the appropriate hidden properties of dogs ” the dog essence (see Medin & Atran 1999 on folkbiology).