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Konrad Lorenz: A Prisoner of War for Three Years

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Complete insight into scientific concepts, and especially scientific schools, is impossible without an overview of the history of their origins, without knowledge of the originators of those concepts, and their personal histories and their aspirations. Konrad Lorenz, one of the founders of ethology, had a very complex personality. His contribution to world science is undoubtedly great, but at the same time, his idea that the laws of animal life are directly extrapolative to human society is fallacious.

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