Saturday, March 11, 2017
[1826 - Francois Couperin, baroque composer, dies at age 66]
[2011 - Japan suffers its most powerful earthquake (9.0), and tsunami (wave heights up to 133 feet that travel up to six miles inland). 20,000 people die.]
Today's question is: What is the difference between instinct and intuition? William suggests that the difference is captured in the precious photo sequence below.
In the first frame, the baby reacts instinctively to the breast before him, even though he is in his mother's arms and is aware that her breast is not the one he is looking at. In this instinctive behavior he is no different than any other mammal, which exhibits breast-seeking behavior from birth, even without yet having eyes open to see with.
In the second frame, the baby, aware that the breast is not the one that nurtures him, and seeing that it is but a lifeless representation of a human breast, nevertheless makes a beeline for the nipple and begins to suckle. In this behavior one surmises that the child is acting on intuition. He knows without conscious reasoning that this is not the breast that gives him sustenance, yet there is an association with the milk that may be in it that makes it worth a try. Or not.
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