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  1. A good instance of reductive-materialism. Life begins at the level of biological cell.
  2. "In a fundamental sense, stillness is the antithesis of life". AR The drive to life, that goal-directed, self-generated, self-directed action, which is non-purposive for organisms and lower animal forms, part-purposive for higher mammals, and fully purposive for humans is the consuming drive contra "stillness" for all species.
  3. How, by drugging the human into subservience with chemicals? I suppose. Punishment and reward? Trained/learned behavior I treat as the same category, the capability to recognize and imitate the actions of other animals to improve skills (cubs, kittens, etc. mock-fighting and pretend-hunting) and learn new ones, indicates mammals, and birds somewhat, are also adept at being 'trainable' by humans.
  4. That's apt for a debate I was having, where I compared Christian 'belief' to 'conviction' and how outcomes-in-action *may* be the same for Objectivists and the religious if starting from shared conviction in good qualities, like self-responsibility, self-reliance and political freedoms. Conviction I see as rational belief, but "belief" has been hijacked, tainted as Roger said. No matter, one can take it back.
  5. Hi William. We cannot accept this behaviour! I go out of my way to act with the appropriate behavior in an American site and another Englishman comes in to show me up. Behaviour, I ask you! What's all this: a jump sideways from the non-apparent human instincts into the very valid effects of ... brain chemicals? Explain the point of that please. First, to separate our terms, instincts from "drives" - one can't lump them. I read the latter was a psychologically-influenced introduction. Psychologists/behaviorists too were uncomfortable with and having great trouble with finding/sustain
  6. "It [instinct] is also intrinsic, meaning that even an animal raised in isolation will perform the behavior..." (M. Sipes' article) What and why is the puzzling, universal desire for intrinsic, innate, instinctive knowledge (and values)? i.e. Intrinsicism e.g. religions? Can only be that it's the desire to gain perfection without effort. Further, effortful knowledge would ¬disqualify¬ it from being 'perfect'. That's not going away anytime, for secularists also.
  7. Right. Except I show the evidence and scientific validation. No arguments seen contra that, so far. Show me the human instincts, I asked. This far the 'instincts' brought up can be rationally discounted for some other phenomena. Maybe someone wants to know what qualifies as an instinct: "The Maternal Myth" (excerpt): "Surely all women must have a maternal instinct or the human race would die out. We are mammals, and all other female mammals seem to have one. Maternal instincts and breasts—surely that’s what it means to be a mammal. Some women don’t seem very interested in
  8. A regular misnomer substituting a whole raft of other things, I'd expect: Biological, (hormone levels), observed values/emotions (blissful mothers with cute infants), psychological (e.g. to be a complete woman I must procreate; my parents expect it; my friends are already mothers ...etc. ) - and the anticipated focus for a mother to love and nurture - - and more besides. Effectively, biology plus learned behavior plus subconscious needs and desire.
  9. This list of animal instinctual properties (which, together, amount to "unerring, automatic") should now be employed for any/all supposed HUMAN-instinctive activity and tendency. That's the acid test.
  10. You're the one who always urges to read the science material. .;) Facts come first. Animal instincts - or human for that matter - need to be demonstrated by example or observed experiences. I have made a point of illustrating some.. The properly scientific approach lays out the criteria: What is instinctive and what is learned? Undifferentiated, for animals and for men, allows in equivocations or conflations (and the internet is full of them). This is unmistakably the criteria to set for the presence of instinct: Behavior which is - "innate"; "inflexible"; "not modified by
  11. wait...
  12. For every gazelle with its instincts there's a lioness with its instincts. I assumed we well know that every animal doesn't survive, instincts or not. The turtles that head unerringly for the ocean after hatching, some fall prey to other creatures on the beach. Birds have an annual "homing instinct", it is infallible but many don't arrive. Therefore, the "unerring, automatic form of knowledge", instinct, certainly isn't a guarantee of end results for ¬each¬ one. An animal can have a built-in code of survival - I called it - and not live, it ends up as food for another, and that one surviv
  13. Hypochondria as policy. Libertarians speak up on vax passports in the first segment. Animated and a good discussion about living and the LP's future later on.
  14. What emerges is that animals - especially higher mammals - are not as instinctive as we'd think. There is also a lot of learned behavior. Or trained. A wildebeest gives birth and barely has the calf been licked free from its sac, but she takes off at a trot. The calf, likely very hungry smells its mother's milk and struggles to follow although hardly able to stand. That is certainly instinctive and innate by the mother. The calf needs to be able to walk and run asap. The big cats and hyenas always go for the weak and solitary. Once imprinted with its mother's smell, the calf will recogniz
  15. Thank you. What - hunger is 'an instinct'? Like with all we animals it's a biological urge/sensation. As a layman I'd reckon signals are sent to the relevant part of the brain from a shrinking stomach and intestines, which relays to the cortex - saying (metaphorically) "feed me". Hunger pangs, explained as mildly discomfiting sensations (on the pleasure-pain scale), signals that warn one of potential harm. Then the pleasant sensation when the hunger has been satisfied.
  16. To show the common equivocations and quasi-science, one can find this sort of thing, online: "Like all animals, humans have instincts, genetically hard-wired behaviors that enhance our ability to cope with vital environmental contingencies. Our innate fear of snakes is an example. Other instincts, including denial, revenge, tribal loyalty, greed and our urge to procreate, now threaten our very existence". One can dismiss all those with other explanations of human behavior or disprove them entirely (I mean place a snake in a baby's cot and she's most likely going to happily play with
  17. Oops, must have been my fault. Fore-mating instincts evidently don't exist. Can it be cleaned up?
  18. Biologists might seldom be commies, but see for yourself who have most avidly seized upon the notion of human instincts - the skeptic-determinist -(yup) -Leftists.
  19. Listen to the psychology lecturer's findings on sex in under 35's, mostly joyless and perfunctory he reports. Unsurprising: sexual activity is a human 'instinct', they've been taught; automatic - you aren't responsible for your instincts, are you?. And, biological (this is true, at least). But a self-less, disengaged therefore emotionless activity.
  20. Sexual Myths and Your Relationship Myth #1: Sex is instinctual and should just occur naturally by David Yarian, Ph.D. Not so! Sex is learned behavior in humans, and a few of the other higher primates. Psychologist Leonore Tiefer makes this point in her eloquent book of essays entitled Sex is Not a Natural Act.
  21. Who said a thing about your libido? Or a "rational choice". I said "preference" of the subconscious type. Give you an example, at about 8yo I met an overseas cousin about the same age and felt she was the loveliest girl, ever. Had a crush as they say. She was sort of fiery and Latin looking, which I came to realize (many years later) was the look and nature which still attracted me. Quite clearly that first proper awareness of 'woman' set a kind of physical standard for those later. 'Instinctively' drawn to? No. Just feels like it. Plenty remains, but forgotten, in the subconscious from our ve
  22. Yup, and human nature is volitional. (Funny, I didn't peg you for a Leftie, MSK).
  23. If one wants to elicit the causes for one and others acting a certain way: Why did I/they do that? Introspection is useful. Observation is good. Reading the material. Another that's not acknowledged is empathy*. Applied together, one can eliminate one by one the non-instinctual causes, arriving at the conclusion - nothing is instinctual. All behaviors are easily explained by other causes. In the above case, probably something subconscious, maybe a much earlier preference for one kind of woman's image that you'd forgotten making. I notice there was no response to: "Everything that is in th
  24. Guys: What has been creeping in, the most toxic sign of the times is collectivism. And that, seen equally in racism and a virulent 'anti-racism', is one effect of determinism. We are predetermined creatures. (As is implied and stated). "You couldn't help it". One is defined by one's group - victim or oppressor. Your knowledge and morals were set for you, they are automatic. Free will has been refuted by many neuroscientists and behaviorists... one can't choose otherwise! The main rationalizations for pre-determinism: a. One's blood-line, race, history - ancestral determinism b.