Instincts. I’m not sure I believe in instincts.

Instincts. I’m not sure I believe in “instincts” at all. To me, such a classification is an old-fashioned concept designed to provide a separation between human and animal.

We may follow patterns of behavior but instinct? I mean, there are some things that are genetically programmed in, as it were. But as we learn more and more about the importance of social development among _all_ species of life (even to the level of bacteria), there seems to be less and less in the way of instinct and more in the way of social learning.

Some things “come with the package” and yes there are tendencies. But the fact that the tendencies aren’t universal among a species is what leads me to that conclusion.

Even studying an organism in a closed laboratory environment, free of socialization, is merely studying an organism in a closed laboratory environment and how it behaves in such an environment.

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