INSTINCT AND REASON -- TAILOR-BIRDS AND GROSBEAKS -- THE WHITE ANT -- BLACK ANTS AT WAR -- WANDEROO MONKEYS -- HABITS OF ELEPHANTS-ELEPHANTS IN THE LAKE -- HERD OF ELEPHANTS BATHING -- ELEPHANT-SHOOTINGTHE RENCONTRE -- THE CHARGE -- CAUGHT BY THE TAILHORSE GORED BY A BUFFALO -- SAGACITY OF DOGSBLUEBEARD " - HIS HUINT -- A TRUE HOUND.
THERE can be no doubt that man is not the only animal endowed with reasoning powers: he possesses that faculty to an immense extent, but although the amount of the same power possessed by animals may be infinitely small, nevertheless it is their share of reason, which. they occasionally use apart from mere instinct.
Altbough instinct and reason appear to be closely allied, they are easily separated and defined.
Instinct is the faculty with which Nature has en. dowed all animals for the preservation and continuation of their own species. This is accordingly exhibited in various features, as circumstances may call forth the operation of the power; but so wonderful are the attributes of Nature that the details of her arrangements throughout the animal and insect creation give to every class an amount of sense which in many instances sur. mounts the narrow bounds of simple instinct.
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Publication information: Book title: Eight Years Wanderings in Ceylon. Contributors: Sir Samuel W. Baker - Author. Publisher: J. B. Lippincott. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1883. Page number: 194.
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