Are There Any Distinctively
A social instinct is implanted in all men by nature, and yet he who
first founded the state was the greatest of benefactors. For man,
when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from
law and justice, he is the worst of all.
Some cognitive scientists have described language as a psycholog-
ical faculty, a mental organ, a neural system, and a computational
module. But I prefer the admittedly quaint term [instinct.] It
conveys the idea that people know how to talk in more or less the
sense that spiders know how to spin webs.
—STEPHEN PINKER, The Language Instinct
The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do
with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than
with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness.
—CARL JUNG, Modern Man in Search of a Soul