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Konrad Lorenz

Data de nascimento: 7. Novembro 1903
Data de falecimento: 27. Fevereiro 1989

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Konrad Zacharias Lorenz foi um zoólogo, etólogo e ornitólogo austríaco.

Foi agraciado com o Nobel de Fisiologia ou Medicina de 1973, por seus estudos sobre o comportamento animal, a etologia.

Konrad Lorenz era filho de um cirurgião, e apresentou grande interesse sobre os animais, estudando o seu comportamento desde o nascimento. Em 1922 começou o seu curso de medicina em Nova Iorque mas voltou depois para Viena. Fez o seu doutorado em zoologia pela universidade local.

Em 1935 descreveu o processo de aprendizagem nos gansos e criou o conceito de "imprinting", este é um fenômeno exibido por vários animais filhotes, principalmente, pássaros tais quais pintinhos e patinhos. Após saírem dos ovos seguirão o primeiro objeto em movimento que eles encontrarem no ambiente, o qual pode ser a mãe, mas não necessariamente.

Foi professor da Universidade de Königsberg.

Citações Konrad Lorenz

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„We are the highest achievement reached so far by the great constructors of evolution. We are their "latest" but certainly not their last word.“

— Konrad Lorenz
Context: We are the highest achievement reached so far by the great constructors of evolution. We are their "latest" but certainly not their last word. The scientist must not regard anything as absolute, not even the laws of pure reason. He must remain aware of the great fact, discovered by Heraclitus, that nothing whatever really remains the same even for one moment, but that everything is perpetually changing. To regard man, the most ephemeral and rapidly evolving of all species, as the final and unsurpassable achievement of creation, especially at his present-day particularly dangerous and disagreeable stage of development, is certainly the most arrogant and dangerous of all untenable doctrines. If I thought of man as the final image of God, I should not know what to think of God. But when I consider that our ancestors, at a time fairly recent in relation to the earth's history, were perfectly ordinary apes, closely related to chimpanzees, I see a glimmer of hope. It does not require very great optimism to assume that from us human beings something better and higher may evolve. Far from seeing in man the irrevocable and unsurpassable image of God, I assert – more modestly and, I believe, in greater awe of the Creation and its infinite possibilities – that the long-sought missing link between animals and the really humane being is ourselves! Ch. XII : On the Virtue of Scientific Humility

„To regard man, the most ephemeral and rapidly evolving of all species, as the final and unsurpassable achievement of creation, especially at his present-day particularly dangerous and disagreeable stage of development, is certainly the most arrogant and dangerous of all untenable doctrines. If I thought of man as the final image of God, I should not know what to think of God.“

— Konrad Lorenz
Context: We are the highest achievement reached so far by the great constructors of evolution. We are their "latest" but certainly not their last word. The scientist must not regard anything as absolute, not even the laws of pure reason. He must remain aware of the great fact, discovered by Heraclitus, that nothing whatever really remains the same even for one moment, but that everything is perpetually changing. To regard man, the most ephemeral and rapidly evolving of all species, as the final and unsurpassable achievement of creation, especially at his present-day particularly dangerous and disagreeable stage of development, is certainly the most arrogant and dangerous of all untenable doctrines. If I thought of man as the final image of God, I should not know what to think of God. But when I consider that our ancestors, at a time fairly recent in relation to the earth's history, were perfectly ordinary apes, closely related to chimpanzees, I see a glimmer of hope. It does not require very great optimism to assume that from us human beings something better and higher may evolve. Far from seeing in man the irrevocable and unsurpassable image of God, I assert – more modestly and, I believe, in greater awe of the Creation and its infinite possibilities – that the long-sought missing link between animals and the really humane being is ourselves! Ch. XII : On the Virtue of Scientific Humility

„The competition between human beings destroys with cold and diabolic brutality.... Under the pressure of this competitive fury we have not only forgotten what is useful to humanity as a whole, but even that which is good and advantageous to the individual....“

— Konrad Lorenz
Context: The competition between human beings destroys with cold and diabolic brutality.... Under the pressure of this competitive fury we have not only forgotten what is useful to humanity as a whole, but even that which is good and advantageous to the individual.... One asks, which is more damaging to modern humanity: the thirst for money or consuming haste... in either case, fear plays a very important role: the fear of being overtaken by one's competitors, the fear of becoming poor, the fear of making wrong decisions or the fear of not being up to snuff. pp 45-47

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