Animal Learned Genetic Cognition and the Limits of Anthropomorphic Approach


  • Rima AVALYAN Yerevan State University
  • Robert DJIDJIAN Department of Philosophy and Logic named after Academician Georg Brutian at Khachatur Abovian ASPU



instincts, inborn capacities, scheme of an instinct, cognition, learned behavior, elementary cognitive capacities, animals’ learning by imitation, abilities and skills


This article discusses the cognitive function of instincts in animal world. The undertaken research demonstrates that the formation of individual’s ability for a certain (complex) action requires having a corresponding specific inborn genetic capacity – the scheme of instinct for that action. Using anthropomorphic approach and the critical verification of its application, authors of this article have revealed the elementary inborn cognitive capacities lying at the basis of the main types of animals’ learned behavior. Special attention is given to the inborn mechanism of animal learning by imitation. The suggested conception of the schemes of instinctive behavior is applied to the analysis of the level of cognitive skills that could be achieved by exercising and training.


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Author Biographies

Rima AVALYAN, Yerevan State University

(PhD.) is Researcher of the Scientific Research Institute “Biology” at Yerevan State University. Her areas of interest include genetics of plants, ecology, philosophy of life sciences. Rima Avalyan is the author of 44 scientific articles. Recent publications: “To the Problem of Preservation of Wild-Growing Wheat of Armenia, in Russian”, “Biotesting of Soils in Syunik Marz of Armenia with Application of Model Test Object of Clone 02 Tradescantia, in Russian”, “Assessment of Mutagenicity of Water from Lake Sevan, Armenia with Application of Tradescantia”.

Robert DJIDJIAN, Department of Philosophy and Logic named after Academician Georg Brutian at Khachatur Abovian ASPU

(Dr.) is Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Logic named after Academician Georg Brutian at Khachatur Abovian ASPU, Yerevan, Armenia, member of the editorial board of the journal WISDOM. His areas of interest include logic of scientific research, axiomatic philosophy, artificial intellect. R. Djidjian is the author of 8 monographs and 66 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Getting Ready for Great Discoveries”, “Optimal sociology”, “Building the Logic of Scientific Discoveries”, “Building the General Theory of Metaargumentation”.


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How to Cite

AVALYAN, R., & DJIDJIAN, R. (2017). Animal Learned Genetic Cognition and the Limits of Anthropomorphic Approach. WISDOM, 8(1), 11–24.