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What are instincts?

  1. lovetherain profile image58
    lovetherainposted 4 months ago

    What are they?

    Where did they come from?

    Do humans have instincts

    Do plants?

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 4 months ago in reply to this

      Instincts.  Hard wired responses to the environment.  A completely useless answer, but all I have - it will be interesting to see what others might suggest.

      Where did they come from?  The actions of evolution, along with everything else that makes up life.

      Plants?  No, although they do have automatic responses (petals opening, for instance).  I would not call that an instinct.

      1. lovetherain profile image58
        lovetherainposted 4 months ago in reply to this

        How is an instinct transmitted genetically from a parent to an offspring? How is it "hardwired"?

        1. colorfulone profile image89
          colorfuloneposted 4 months ago in reply to this

          DNA .

          1. lovetherain profile image58
            lovetherainposted 4 months ago in reply to this

            And DNA does this how, exactly?

            1. wilderness profile image94
              wildernessposted 4 months ago in reply to this

              Explain what each atom in DNA does and you will have your answer.  So far we're a long, long ways from that.

              1. lovetherain profile image58
                lovetherainposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                Exactly. we barely know how dna works.

                1. wilderness profile image94
                  wildernessposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                  Remember, I said the answer wasn't much good.  But that isn't a reason to invent an answer, something that makes us feel good but has no discernible connection to reality.

                  1. lovetherain profile image58
                    lovetherainposted 4 months ago in reply to this

                    Transmission by dna IS an invented answer. It's a just-so story.  Yes I know your not the one who said it.

  2. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
    Kathryn L Hillposted 4 months ago

    Instincts refers to animals only according to Online Dictionary.

    Instincts:
    an innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli.

  3. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
    Kathryn L Hillposted 4 months ago

    Humans are regulated according to the presence and action of hormones. Are animals too? If so, to what extent do hormones involve instincts, (in animals.)

    Hormones:
    "a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood or sap to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action." D

    PS Sap is mentioned! Does this indicate that trees have instincts?

  4. Kathryn L Hill profile image88
    Kathryn L Hillposted 4 months ago

    Q. Are instincts hard-wired into the nervous system AND the fluid system? Or just the nervous system.

 
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