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Neoteny: Here the connotation of neoteny is relevant Continuation of youth characteristics in the adult organism.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Gould I 105
Neoteny/Konrad Lorenz thesis: we do not react to wholenesses or shapes, but to a group of special mechanisms that act as triggers. (Lorenz,"Ganzheit und Teil", 1950, acces date 10.01.2018) It is known that birds in particular react to abstract features and not to figures.
Lorenz points to the widespread diminutive forms for animal names in German, which carry the characteristics of infants ending in diminutive, although these animals are often larger than their close relatives, without such characteristics: e.g. robins, squirrels, rabbits.
E.g. Steeply rising, slightly bulging rocks or dark thunderclouds have exactly the same expressive value as a human being with the corresponding characteristics.
Gould I 106
Lorenz: the characteristic so essential for the humanity of the real man is to remain a person in the process of becoming, is undoubtedly a gift that we owe to the neoteny of humans.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

K. Lorenz
On Aggression

Gould I
Stephen Jay Gould
The Panda’s Thumb. More Reflections in Natural History, New York 1980
German Edition:
Der Daumen des Panda Frankfurt 2009

Gould II
Stephen Jay Gould
Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes. Further Reflections in Natural History, New York 1983
German Edition:
Wie das Zebra zu seinen Streifen kommt Frankfurt 1991

Gould III
Stephen Jay Gould
Full House. The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin, New York 1996
German Edition:
Illusion Fortschritt Frankfurt 2004

Gould IV
Stephen Jay Gould
The Flamingo’s Smile. Reflections in Natural History, New York 1985
German Edition:
Das Lächeln des Flamingos Basel 1989

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