"Instinct is untaught ability."
Psychologist Alexander Bain: The Senses and the Intellect (1855)
Which image best denotes instinctive behavior:

The photo of the child riding a bicycle or the illustration of migrating birds?

As you might have surmised — both*!

*In the age of Phrenicea!

If instinctive behavior can be defined as acting out behavior that is not taught, then the engaging capabilities of Phrenicea blur the distinction between learned vs. unlearned activity.

Arguably, instinct is more than that. Konrad Lorenz described instinctive behavior as "fixed action patterns" that are inherited: birds migrating, salmon swimming upstream, bees building hives, sharks swimming immediately after birth — activity that runs a predictable course. All of these examples would be considered instinctive behavior.

Of the species mentioned, escape from predators and sexual interaction would also be considered instinctive. But what about for humans?

Similarly, how do you classify complex implicit, procedural memories — normally requiring innate ability in concert with years of learning and practice, that can be instantaneously
Is it instinctive behavior if a complex skill can be acquired immediately without effort?
acquired? Want to play the piano? Ride a bicycle? Is it now instinctive if all the requisite knowledge and skill can be yours — immediately upon request — via engagement with Phrenicea?

Our intellection is that this type of knowledge and ability, acquired at will by engaging Phrenicea, is analogous to being born with it and is thus instinctive.


In the age of Phrenicea, some forty years hence, you would assume that having this incredible capability would inspire one to pursue new experiences. Instead, like living adjacent to a bustling, culturally-sophisticated city and never taking advantage of its attractions, or having 300 TV channels at your disposal and not being able to decide what to watch — having limitless access to mature skills and abilities acquired by forebears through rigorous effort proved to breed lethargy and apathy.

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