from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being innate.

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  • noun The quality of being innate.

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  • noun The condition of being innate

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  • noun the quality of being innate


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  • Khalidi makes no reference to the adaptive value of innate traits, and like Stich he thinks that the idea of innateness should be applicable to disease phenotypes as well as to functional phenotypes (Khalidi 2007, 97).

    The Distinction Between Innate and Acquired Characteristics

  • Developmental psychobiologists reject a basic idea at the heart of much discussion of innateness, which is that evolution makes development reliable by making it insensitive to environmental parameters.

    The Distinction Between Innate and Acquired Characteristics

  • It may be that resolving the disputes between the many competing analyses of the innateness concept outlined in Section 4 will require taking these claims more seriously and looking in detail at how nativist researchers use the idea of innateness, perhaps through detailed case studies.

    The Distinction Between Innate and Acquired Characteristics

  • Nonetheless, there are clear differences between models of the mind with empiricist leanings and models of the mind with nativist leanings, and the notion of innateness may be thought to earn its usefulness by marking these differences.


  • (Sydney) are collecting data about scientists 'use of the notion of innateness in several disciplines.

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  • It is contrary to experience and logic to admit that the creative genius follows any path whatever at his choice -- a proposition that Weismann, in his horror of inheritance of acquired characters (which are a kind of innateness) is not afraid to support.

    Essai sur l'imagination créatrice. English

  • This kind of innateness has become the established wisdom in cognitive science.

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  • However, the other, more significant, kind of innateness concerns not the history of the mind but its future.

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  • However, the very fact that our brains have become so exquisitely adapted for reading looks like an argument against the second kind of innateness - the written in stone kind.

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  • They are offensive precisely because they violate our intuition about the balance between innateness and self-determination of the moral and cultural qualities of human beings.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Approaching Arguments That Have A Racist Past


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