Randist Bo7b aka Bob Wynman WWP Email Member (firstname.lastname@example.org) Yes, Christine, of course the ability to reason makes humans better than other animals inMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 12View SourceRandist Bo7b aka Bob Wynman WWP Email Member (bobalou@...) Yes, Christine, of course the ability to reason makes humans "better" than other animals in that respect ... and has enabled humans to relatively quickly become masters of the earth (and to achieve the technology in the physical sciences to enable us to prematurely extinct our entire species).
However, loss of instincts is definitely NOT an advantage, for, if we humans had lost our instincts, we'd be required to devote huge amounts of time/energy to our conscious minds to all tasks presently performed by instinct.
"Losing our instincts" when the first hominid gave birth to the first human also makes no logical sense. Why would there be any evolutionary advantage to losing instincts??!?
Fortunately, we've NOT "lost our instincts" & I've proven that to my own satisfaction by living by "Instinctive Nutrition' since discovering anopsology in 1993. For those interested, books such as "Maximize Immunity", by Bruno comby, "Instinctive Nutrition", by Stefan Schaeffer, "Genefit Nutrition" by Roman Divivo & Antje Spors & books in French by Guy Claude Berger might be helpful in this area.
Your questions and comments are worthy of a broader circulation, so I'm taking the liberty of sharing them with a few perhaps interested friends, Christine.
Christine Brean WWP Invitee (gmaduck@...) Not, of course, speaking for myself but showing that instinct is missing.
Assume a young boy and a young girl, are left on an island, having had no education other than the three R's, if that. I'm sure by 12, 13, or 14 they would find some very intimate touching by themselves and with each other that felt very, very, VERY good. However, finding that she has an extra hole (which is closed--and opening that hole is painful) would be serendipitous. Actually she could still get pregnant without penetration as semen can seep in (now that semen has some instinct alright--it "knows" where to go and what to do).
Knowing what to do when the baby comes would be an instinct. Except they don't know. I'm sure they would disconnect the cord simply to get free of it and if the baby or the mother didn't bleed to death, they then have the problem of the afterbirth. (If it didn't come out how would they know it's supposed to come out?) It doesn't always come out without assistance. Not coming out naturally could also lead to death. Now, finally, if the nipples start leaking they would probably figure it out and feed the baby--as uncomfortable as it is after just a few suckings. I bet they would wonder why his nipples didn't work. They might even try using his! Why not? Worked on her. No reason to think it wouldn't work on him.
When you think some action taken by humans is instinctual, go back to the girl/boy-on-an-island to try to figure out what they do because of "instinct" I haven't found a single thing. And I tend to believe the (former) professor of anthropology at Oxford: Man--the animal without instinct. I'm sure he's studied it much more than we mere mortals. And I believe most anthropologists agree because they haven't found one thing in humans that is "instinctual."
Once we developed "intelligence" there was no need for instinct. It got lost in the shuffle from ape to human.
Lou asks how one teaches a baby to suck: Sucking is a reflex much like pushing out poo or relaxing muscles to pee.
All in all humans are a remarkable creature. We don't depend on genetics; we depend on ourselves--on our intelligence. That makes us VERY special amoungst the animals. And it provides a bond between people--a very special bond (from teaching & learniing) that remains even when dependancy is no longer necessary. I take pride in knowing I am without instincts. I think it makes us "better" than the animals. Don't you think so?
Randist Bo7b aka Bob Wynman WWP Email Member (bobalou@...)
"Christine", perhaps we've led educationally-sheltered lives, but that level of ignorance is beyond our comprehension. How many of your orifices did you and your "husband" try before finding the one tat caused your pregnancy?
Lou asks how one teaches a baby to suck.