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  1. instincts

    Instinct is the inherent inclination of a living organism towards a particular complex behaviour, containing both innate (inborn) and learned elements. The simplest example of an instinctive behaviour is a fixed action pattern (FAP), in which a very short to medium length sequence of actions, without variation, are carried out in response to a corresponding clearly defined stimulus. Any behaviour is instinctive if it is performed without being based upon prior experience (that is, in the absence of learning), and is therefore an expression of innate biological factors. Sea turtles, newly hatched on a beach, will instinctively move toward the ocean. A marsupial climbs into its mother's pouch upon being born. Other examples include animal fighting, animal courtship behaviour, internal escape functions, and the building of nests. Though an instinct is defined by its invariant innate characteristics, details of its performance can be changed by experience; for example, a dog can improve its listening skills by practice. Instincts are inborn complex patterns of behaviour that exist in most members of the species, and should be distinguished from reflexes, which are simple responses of an organism to a specific stimulus, such as the contraction of the pupil in response to bright light or the spasmodic movement of the lower leg when the knee is tapped. The absence of volitional capacity must not be confused with an inability to modify fixed action patterns. For example, people may be able to modify a stimulated fixed action pattern by consciously recognizing the point of its activation and simply stop doing it, whereas animals without a sufficiently strong volitional capacity may not be able to disengage from their fixed action patterns, once activated.Instinctual behaviour in humans has been studied, and is a controversial topic.

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  1. Instincts

    Instincts is the third and final studio album by American new wave band Romeo Void, released in 1984. The single, "A Girl in Trouble", reached #35 in the US.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instincts in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instincts in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of instincts in a Sentence

  1. Janvier Chouteu-Chando:

    Human ties are the greatest distorters of reality because they tend to conceal man’s worst selfish instincts.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    Even in civilized mankind faint traces of monogamous instincts can be perceived.

  3. Henry Ajder:

    I worry that it will sort of get to a point where there will be so much fake, highly realistic content online that most people will just go with their tribal instincts as a guide to what they think is real, more than actually informed opinions based on verified evidence.

  4. E. M. Cioran:

    Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish.

  5. Boris Johnson:

    I think that the mere fact that Joe Biden has stepped up to the plate in the way that Joe Biden has, shows that the instincts of America are still very much in the right place.

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