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Instinct

1. Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished. An instinct is a propensity prior to experience, and independent of instructions. (Paley) An instinct is a blind tendency to some mode of action, independent of any consideration, on the part of the agent, of the end to which the action leads. (Whately) An instinct is an agent which performs blindly and ignorantly a work of intelligence and knowledge. (Sir W. Hamilton) By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust Ensuing dangers. (Shak)

2. (Science: zoology) Specif, the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without of improvement in the method. The resemblance between what originally was a habit, and an instinct becomes so close as not to be distinguished. (Darwin)

3. A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct.

Origin: L. Instinctus instigation, impulse, fr. Instinguere to instigate: cf. F. Instinct. See instinct. Inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli; the spawning instinct in salmon; altruistic instincts in social animals.Inherited behavioural characteristics.


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Evolutionary psychology

So, maybe the textbook definition of instinct doesn't completely encompass human emotion. However, it seems that some aspects of "instinct" would be helpful to some people in better understanding emotion. Instinct is "an inherited ...

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Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:50 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolutionary psychology
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... so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed. The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of the instinct of sympathy, which was originally acquired as part of the social instincts, but subsequently rendered, in the manner previously indicated, ...

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by Luxorien
Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:14 pm
 
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Topic: Thinking in terms of evolution
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Re: Is complexity inevitable?

... do you define intelligence? Are we still of the outdated opinion that animals do all the complex and fantastically clever things they do, out of 'instinct? Define instinct. If it has nothing to do with intelligence then one could say that the Earth revolves around the sun by instinct. All right ...

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by animartco
Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:09 pm
 
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Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
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evolution and endangered species

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by Luxorien
Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:08 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: evolution and endangered species
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