vacuum activity


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vacuum activity

n
(Psychology) ethology instinctive behaviour occurring in the absence of the appropriate stimulus
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A vacuum activity is instinctual behavior that occurs when an animal, deprived of its normal surroundings and objects, nevertheless "goes through the motions" of some activity typical of its species.
I wonder whether the intriguing concept of a vacuum activity sheds some light on the relevant work of Mr.
I cannot help thinking that the idea of the vacuum activity may be illuminating for architectural ideologies in which futility is budgeted in as either a basic design element or as a necessary adjunct of its impracticality.