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CyberLegend aka Jure Sah jure.sah at guest.arnes.si
Mon Mar 25 09:29:53 EST 2002


Frans van der Walle wrote:
> Did anyone take the trouble in defining the notion 'instinct', as it is
> stated to be valid in the discussed model for the mind?
> Frans van der Walle
> **************

The dictionary defenition seems to work against Mat's theory....

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inˇstinct   Pronunciation Key  (nstngkt)
  n. 

     1.An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species
and is often a response to specific
       environmental stimuli: the spawning instinct in salmon;
altruistic instincts in social animals. 
     2.A powerful motivation or impulse. 
     3.An innate capability or aptitude: an instinct for tact and
diplomacy. 

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instinct

  \In*stinct"\, a. [L. instinctus, p. p. of instinguere to instigate,
incite; cf. instigare to instigate. Cf. Instigate,
  Distinguish.] Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or
impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick;
  as, birds instinct with life. 

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2. (Zo["o]l.) 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. 
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Source = <http://www.dictionary.com/search?q=instinct>

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